Before I started this blog, I posted about songs from old AT40s on Facebook, January-July 2017. I’ve been moving them here over time, and this week I’m wrapping up with the last two I wrote pre-blog. This entry has been edited a little from the original.
Lou Rawls got his start with gospel groups in the 50s. He grew up knowing Sam Cooke and sang backup on “Bring It On Home To Me.” All told he had six AT40 hits; this one, a Gamble-Huff penned/produced slice of sweet Philly soul, was by far the biggest, reaching #2 (it’s at #32 and climbing in this countdown). He had such a smooth, fantastic voice.
After his charting days were over, Mr. Rawls could be heard promoting Budweiser and his hometown Chicago’s WGN; additionally, he devoted a great deal of energy to an annual telethon to raise money for the United Negro College Fund. He died at age 72 in early 2006.