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Lou Rawls - Shades Of Blue (1980) - Lp

Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls (December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006) was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his singing ability: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game". Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records, and had numerous charting singles, most notably his song "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine". He worked as a television, motion picture, and voice actor. He was also a three-time Grammy-winner, all for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
"Shades Of Blue" was a cocktail lounge jazz album and suffered from the many flaws that plagued Lou's 1960s Capitol releases.
“Shades Of Blue” was produced by Joel Dorn (producer of Roberta Flack and Bette Midler) and features Rawls' gorgeous readings of the Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling', Willie Dixon's 'Hoochie Coochie Man' and Aretha Franklin's 'Think' (from the original Blues Brothers film). Backing vocalists include Jocelyn Brown, Cissy Houston and the first recorded appearance of Whitney Houston.

Side A
A1.  Did You Ever Love A Woman  (3:30)
A2.  Cottage For Sale  (4:00)
A3.  Be Anything (But Be Mine)  (3:45)
A4.  You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'  (5:19)

Side B
B1.  I Go Crazy  (3:45)
B2.  Think  (3:30)
B3.  I´m Your Hoochie Coochie Man  (7:50)
B4.  Baby What You Want Me To Do  (3:34)

Release: 1980
Label:  PIR Records
Genre:  Soul, Blues
Format:  LP
Catalog#  PIR 84572

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