Lou Rawls is best known for his smooth disco-era hit “You'll Never Find,” but the velvet-voiced singer’s talent transcended any single song or genre. Rawls, who died this week at 72, was a superbly talented singer who could perform gospel, blues, jazz and pop tunes with remarkable dexterity. He sang with such precision and style as to make the act look effortless, which it almost certainly was not. (Few things that good are.)

A native of Chicago, Rawls was no stranger to the scuffling side of life and he never forgot his roots. A tireless campaigner for the United Negro College Fund, he was also a friend to many other charities as well.

His distinctive talent and his good works will be missed.



The Daily Citizen

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