He dismissed the concept of using cue cards for the performance but reversed that decision when he forgot the order of the letters. Rawls had one son with Inman, Aiden Allen Rawls. With as master of ceremonies, Rawls was able to perform at the in 1959. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. With his wife of two years by his side, Lou Rawls died from his illness on January 6, 2006, at in Los Angeles, California. Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. He had a role and sang in 1994 , an independent film about the mafia.
In 1951, he replaced Cooke in the after Cooke departed to join in Los Angeles. He also fathered two daughters: Louanna Rawls, a wardrobe stylist and future contestant, and Kendra Smith, as well as a prior son, Lou Rawls, Jr. . What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? In 2009, Pathway Entertainment announced its intention to produce a about Rawls's life, tentatively titled Love Is a Hurtin' Thing: The Lou Rawls Story. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. She later stated that she had transferred the funds to protect them from one of Rawls' daughters from a previous relationship.
If he knew that this would be his last album and he probably did , that knowledge still couldn't take the joy and hope out of his voice. First appearing in television and radio commercials in the mid-to-late 1960s for Spur Malt Liquor, a product in Seattle. The Book of Golden Discs 2nd ed. He worked as a film, television, and voice actor. He appeared in the films , , and Angel, Angel, Down We Go.
He was also a three-time -winner, all for. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? In 1958, while touring the South with the Travelers and Sam Cooke, Rawls was in a car crash. His final performance was in his hometown of Chicago when he was asked to sing the national anthem before Game Two of the between the and at. In 2003 Rawls married Nina Inman. A track on the 1978 album Lou Rawls Live features has him singing the commercial slogan. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? In addition to those two, nine other singles peaked at positions below the top 50 on the Hot 100, and additional singles reached the , and Bubbling Under charts. His first acting credit was in the western television series starring , along with and.
He left the All-Americans three years later as a sergeant and rejoined the Pilgrim Travelers then known as the Travelers. He had a supporting role in. He began singing in the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church choir at the age of seven and later sang with local groups through which he met , who was nearly three years older, and. For many years, he was a spokesperson for the Life Insurance Company. Lou Rawls' final television performance occurred during the 2005—2006 edition of the telethon, honoring Stevie Wonder in September 2005 months before entering the hospital and after having been diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year. In 1955, Rawls enlisted in the as a paratrooper in the.
Two years later with his new manager Martin Pichinson, he signed with and recorded , which sold a million copies. Rawls in 1995 Background information Birth name Louis Allen Rawls Born 1933-12-01 December 1, 1933 , U. Lou Rawls also appears in this compilation 34 Biggest Holiday Soul Hits by the Original Artists! Kermit Culture: Critical Perspectives on Jim Henson's Muppets. Archived from on November 29, 2005. He considered the crash a life-changing event. Both albums reached the Billboard magazine charts and propelled his career.
In 1967, he performed at the first evening of the. Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 1st ed. No stranger to holiday albums he released in 1965 and in 1993 and compilations combining the two show up nearly every year , stuck closer to jazz this time out, and it's nice to hear some of these holiday classics done up in a 21st century swing style, and ' smooth, elegant baritone is always a welcome listen. London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. Rawls was hired by the Chosen Gospel Singers and moved to Los Angeles, where he joined the. He was a guest during the second season of. He was invited to sing the anthem many times over the next 28 years.
Rawls lent his rich baritone to cartoons, including , , and. This section needs additional citations for. In 1982, Rawls received a star on the. Alhough his 1966 album Live! The next two Capitol albums Black and Blue, Tobacco Road sold well and employed as musical director and a 17-piece. He was pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital, where he stayed in a coma for five and a half days. Christmas is children who just can't go to sleep Christmas is memories, the kind you always keep Deck the halls and give a cheer For all the things that Christmas is each year Christmas is carols to warm you in the snow Christmas is bedtime when no one wants to go All the world is tinsel white So glad to know that Christmas is tonight Merry Christmas, baby Oh yeah Merry Christmas Good cheer, good cheer Merry Christmas, one and all Christmas is carols to warm you in the snow Christmas is bedtime when no one wants to go All the world is tinsel white So glad to know that Christmas is tonight Christmas, Merry Christmas When all your wishes come true, woo Christmas, Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to you Merry Christmas, baby I hope you get a whole lotta good presents And a lot of toys to play with, baby Merry Christmas, I hope Santa socks it to you. Genres , , , , Occupation s , , , Instruments Years active 1951—2005 Labels Website Louis Allen Rawls December 1, 1933 — January 6, 2006 was an American singer, songwriter, actor, voice actor, and record producer.