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Album Review

Rawls covers two songs by the Beatles ("Something," "Golden Slumbers"), swings his way through a four-part blues medley, and finds time to do show-stopping versions of hits like "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing," "A Natural Man" and "Tobacco Road."

Customer Reviews

Lou, You were A Natural Man!

I loved Lou Rawls. He had a warm voice and a warm, approachable presence. His music was wonderful and an immistakably wonderful voice. His was the strongest, most resonant, best voice of all the male vocalists I have ever heard. God is now keeping you safe, Lou. I pray that we on earth can learn to carry on in your example. I know you are watching us in faith.

a natural man

Can Itunes please get the studio version of A NATURAL MAN , the live version is ok. Thanks!

Groovin' with Lou

The version of Tobacco Road on this LP is simply the best one ever. Warning to other jazz singers: It cannot be topped, so don't even bother trying. Ditto for Natural Man.


Born: December 1, 1933 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

From gospel and early R&B to soul and jazz to blues and straight-up pop, Lou Rawls was a consummate master of African-American vocal music whose versatility helped him adapt to the changing musical times over and over again while always remaining unmistakably himself. Blessed with a four-octave vocal range, Rawls' smooth, classy elegance -- sort of a cross between Sam Cooke and Nat King Cole -- permeated nearly everything he sang, yet the fire of his early gospel days was never too far from the surface....
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