Sun. Dec. 05, 2021

Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

Classics: Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Philadelphia International Records)

‘You’ll Never Find Another Like Mine’… And you’ll probably never find anything like this as a matter of fact. Most likely finding the
Philadelphia Sound at one of its definitive peak times back in 1976. From the ‘All Things In Time’ album that marked Lou Rawls‘ debut on PIR. And, in the meantime remains his greatest success, with this single standing as his biggest selling one ever.

No wonder why/how Frank Sinatra said of Rawls he had “the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game”. This in addition to the ideal environment, with label heads Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff‘s production work. Speakin’ of his environment, I would eventually tend to think he never found another one like this as a matter of fact. And this referring to the success he managed to have at the time.

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Born in Chicago, IL on Dec. 01, 1933, Lou Rawls started singing in the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church choir at the early age of 7. He would then come to join local groups through he eventually met Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield.

He released his debut-album – ‘Stormy Monday (a.k.a. I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water)’ – along with Soul/Jazz pianist (and singer) Les McCann back in 1962. He would have to wait until the mid-70’s to get into higher recognition though when signing on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff‘s Philadelphia International Records label. This with the release of his aptly titled ‘All Things In Time’ album. An effort which includes the memorable ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’, his biggest success ever.

Strangely enough this album and the period he spent on the label almost overshadowed the rest of his repertoire which consist in some 60 albums. This didn’t get him though from selling an approximative amount of 40 millions albums. But the fact is trying to remember his best moments bring us back to this specific period between 1976 and 1981. From ‘You’ll Never Find…’ as already memtioned to ‘One In A Million You’ and/or ‘Let Me Be Good To You’. Not to mention ‘See You When I Git There’

In December 2005, came the announce that Lou was undergoing treatment for cancer in both his lungs and brain. A disease from which he sadly died on Jan. 06, 2006 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, aged 72…

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