6: Lou Rawls - Street Corner Hustler's Blues / World Of Trouble (Live)
Someone famous once said, of Lou Rawls, that he had, "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game". Now that's a pretty bold claim about any artist, but you might give it a little more credence when you know who said it.
Francis Albert Sinatra.
And I reckon he knew a thing or two about classy singing and silky chops, don't you?
I've been a fan of Lou Rawls for some time now, and he's one of the few... the very, very few... recording artists that I'm interested in hearing a live album by. Generally, live albums... well, you had to be there. But a Lou Rawls live recording... well, you wish you had been there.
Rawls wasn't just a great singer. He was a glorious raconteur too. As evidenced on today's track from his 1966 album Live! I don't know exactly when or where it was recorded, but I would give my little toe to have been there in that club, watching this guy do his stuff...
Take a look in the dictionary under 'cool'. Lou Rawls will be staring right back at you.