Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hump Day Slow Jam of the Week: Lou Rawls, "You'll Never Find a Love Like Mine"

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM

The Singer: Each man has his own vision of heaven; personally, I’d be happy to pass through the pearly gates and see Lou Rawls wearing a white linen suit and matching white loafers. He may not look especially God-like, but that voice, so bottomless and smooth, was pretty goddamn divine.

The Song: Written and produced by the Philadelphia music magnates Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, “You’ll Never Find” stands as Rawls’ signature song as well as a Platonic ideal for Philly soul itself. The dramatic strings, the Latin-tinged piano and a relentless disco beat in the chorus gives Rawls ample room to croon and exhort in equal measure. The song was Rawls’ biggest hit, charting at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard R&B and Adult Contemporary Charts.

The Video: Not much to say about this live clip; it’s a shame that a YouTube search didn’t reveal Rawls in his mid-’70s prime. But it’s a solid performance and Lou comes off as classy as ever.

-- Christian Schaeffer

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