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Date Of BirthDecember 1, 1933
DiedJanuary 6, 2006, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseNina Malek Inman Rawls, Margaret Schaffer, Ceci Rawls, Lana Jean Taylor, You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Love Is a Hurtin' Thing, Natural Man
MarkRich,smooth, baritone voice
FactDespite having absolutely nothing to do with the film itself, he appeared on the DVD commentary track for the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004).

Lou Rawls was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 1, 1933. His parents, Lou and Carrie Rawls, divorced when he was four years old, and he was raised by his grandmother in the Ida B. Wells Homes public housing project on the city’s South Side. Rawls began singing in gospel choirs at the age of seven, and by the time he was a teenager he was performing with such noted gospel groups as the Pilgrim Travelers and the Soul Stirrers. In 1955, he joined the United States Army and served for two years.

Rawls began his professional singing career in the early 1960s, performing in nightclubs and on the radio in Los Angeles. He released his first album, Lou Rawls – Live!, in 1962. The following year he released his second album, Stormy Monday, which included his first hit single, “Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing”.

Rawls’ career took off in 1966 with the release of his album Lou Rawls – Live!, which went to number one on the Billboard R&B chart. The album’s success was followed by a string of hit singles, including “Your Good Thing (Is About to End)”, “Dead End Street”, and “A Natural Man”. Rawls continued to enjoy success throughout the 1970s and 1980s with such albums as All Things in Time (1976), Unmistakably Lou (1981), and Close Company (1986).

In 1995, Rawls was diagnosed with cancer, but he continued to perform and record. He released his final album, Lou Rawls – Live!, in 2006. He died of cancer on January 6, 2006 at the age of 72.

Rawls was a three-time Grammy Award winner and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. He was also a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.

General Info

Full NameLou Rawls
Date Of BirthDecember 1, 1933
DiedJanuary 6, 2006, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.78 m, 1.75 m
Weight98 kg
ProfessionRecord producer, Film Score Composer, Voice Actor, Singer, Songwriter, You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Love Is a Hurtin' Thing, Natural Man, Missionary, Author, Pastor
EducationDunbar Vocational High School, Dillard University, You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Love Is a Hurtin' Thing, Natural Man, Central Michigan University


SpouseNina Malek Inman Rawls, Margaret Schaffer, Ceci Rawls, Lana Jean Taylor, You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Love Is a Hurtin' Thing, Natural Man
ChildrenLouanna Rawls, Aiden Allen Rawls, Kendra Rawls, Lou Rawls Jr., You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Love Is a Hurtin' Thing, Natural Man
ParentsThomas Terrell Rawls, Deadra Whitley


AwardsGrammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single, You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Love Is a Hurtin' Thing, Natural Man
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
MoviesBlues Brothers 2000, Angel, Angel, Down We Go, Lookin' Italian, The Rugrats Movie, The Code Conspiracy, Still Breathing, Everything's Jake, Watchers Reborn, Don King: Only in America, The Price of Kissing, After the Game, Betaville, Sam Cooke: Legend, Garfield: Travel Adventures, Showdown, Morella, ...
TV ShowsBaywatch Nights

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#Marks / Signs
1Rich,smooth, baritone voice


1I don't put myself in any particular category. Whatever the occasion calls for, I rise to the occasion. There are no limits to music, so why should I limit myself? - as a gospel, soul, blues, jazz and pop artist
2"I began to learn acceptance, direction, understanding and perception, all elements that had been sadly lacking in my life. I might have lived long enough to learn all this in the long haul, but I would have been just another soul taking up time and space before I learned." - on surviving a 1958 car crash. Rawls was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. He was in a coma for five days.


1He's best known for his #1 hit song, "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine".
2Father of Lou Rawls Jr., Louanna Rawls, and Kendra Rawls.
3Cousin of Wanda Mitchell.
4Despite having absolutely nothing to do with the film itself, he appeared on the DVD commentary track for the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004).
5His performance of "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", during the 1977 Grammy Awards was disrupted by a coughing fit. He gamely kept performing and managed to finish the song.
6Early in his career backed up Sam Cooke on Sam's signature hit "Bring It On Home To Me".
7He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
8Some sources list 1935 as Lou's birth year but a domestic violence case revealed his birth date to be December 1, 1933.
9His telethon, which served as a fundraiser for the United Negro College and other black colleges, has raised more than $200 million since 1979. More than 10,000 scholarships have been provided.
10His career was comprised of more than 70 albums, three Grammys, 13 Grammy nominations, one platinum album, five gold albums and a gold single.
11On 19 October, 2005, while listening to an Akron, Ohio radio morning program ("Matt Patrick and Angela In the Morning" on WKDD), Lou and Nina Rawls heard about a local woman who was about to lose her home after coping with medical bills for her special needs son left her in arrears on her mortgage. The couple immediately telephoned the radio station to donate whatever amount of money it took to bring the woman's mortgage to "Current" status.
12He and his wife and manager Nina, who was 37 years younger than Lou, had a baby boy, Aiden Allen Rawls, in Akron, Ohio, on January 10, 2005. The baby weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Nina and Lou used in vitro fertilization and another woman as the birth mother.
13A paratrooper in the Army's 101st Airborne Division (1955 - 1958)
14Ex-companion Margaret Schaffer filed a lawsuit against Rawls for $12 million, claiming he backed out of a verbal agreement to support her financially even if they broke up. (27 March 2003)
15Released from Bernalillo County Jail (Albuquerque, New Mexico) after being arrested on one count of battery against his companion, Nina Inman. (16 January 2003)
16Praised by Frank Sinatra for having "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game".
17Has a four-octave range.
18Went to high school with Sam Cooke.
19Was awarded an honorary doctorate at Florida Memorial College in Miami, Sept 21, 2002
20In November 1958, he and singer Sam Cooke were in an automobile accident in Arkansas, USA. They were injured and their chauffeur was killed.
21Graduate of Dunbar High School in Chicago.




Everything's Jake2006Hot Dog Vendor
Fatherhood2004TV SeriesLester
Uh Oh!2004King Tooetu
The District2002TV SeriesRed
The Code Conspiracy2002Carriage Driver
Betaville2001Kirby the Elder
A Man Is Mostly Water2000Mailman
Bel Air2000Rusty
Morella1999Professor Larson
Michael Jordan: An American Hero1999TV MovieSecurity guard
Hey Arnold!1996-1999TV SeriesHarvey / Pop Daddy / Bus Driver
Malevolence1999Rev. Luke Thomas
Living Legends of Gospel: The Quartets, Volume 11998VideoHost
Living Legends of Gospel: The Quartets, Volume 21998VideoHost
KaBlam!1998TV Series segment "Action League Now!"
- You May Already Be a... KaBlammer! 1998 ... segment "Action League Now!" voice
The Rugrats Movie1998Newborn Baby (singing voice)
The Secret Files of the SpyDogs1998TV SeriesAnubis
Watchers 41998Doc Grimes
Blues Brothers 20001998The Louisiana Gator Boys
Knock Out1998TV MovieBoxing Coach / Manager
After the Game1997Joe Wilkins
Motel Blue1997Gospel Minister
Snowden on Ice1997TV Movie voice
Don King: Only in America1997TV MovieHarold Logan
Still Breathing1997The Tree Man
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV SeriesBat
Martin1997TV SeriesLou Rawls
The Price of Kissing1997Ben
Early Edition1997TV SeriesHanratty
Baywatch Nights1995-1996TV SeriesLou Raymond
Dream On1996TV SeriesMinister
The Real Thing1996MC
Wildly Available1996Jazzman
Leaving Las Vegas1995Concerned Cabbie
Lookin' Italian1994Willy
Baywatch1992TV SeriesOzzie Thompson
Captain Planet and the Planeteers1992TV SeriesDr. Rice
Saturday's1991TV MovieJack Saturday
This Is America, Charlie Brown1989TV Mini-SeriesVocalist
Tall Tales & Legends1986TV SeriesJim Wallace
Fantasy Island1983TV SeriesCharles 'Diggs' Whelan
The Fall Guy1981TV SeriesCountry Joe Walker
Mannix1972TV SeriesVance Logan
Angel, Angel, Down We Go1969Joe
The Dean Martin Show1969TV Series
The Big Valley1969TV SeriesJoshua Watson
77 Sunset Strip1960TV SeriesSafari Attendant


Veronica Mars2014performer: "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
About Last Night2014performer: "Auld Lang Syne"
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Hit and Run2012performer: "Pure Imagination"
Eastbound & Down2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The House I Live In2012Documentary performer: "TOBACCO ROAD"
Joyful Noise2012performer: "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
Hung2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs2009performer: "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
Dancing with the Stars2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wire2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Patinando por un sueño2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Disturbia2007performer: "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
Psych2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
South Park2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Surviving Christmas2004performer: "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
Soul Plane2004performer: "You'll Never Find"
The Hot Chick2002performer: "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
The Tuxedo2002performer: "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
High Crimes2002performer: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
What Women Want2000performer: "Nobody But Me"
That '70s Show1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Payback1999/Iperformer: "If I Had My Life to Live Over"
KaBlam!1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Rugrats Movie1998performer: "This World Is Something New to Me"
That Old Feeling1997performer: "At Last"
Jingle All the Way1996performer: "So They Say It's Christmas"
Jungle Cubs1996TV Series performer: "Bare Necessities"
The Great White Hype1996performer: "I've Got You Under My Skin"
Women of the House1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
Garfield's Thanksgiving1989TV Short performer: "Make Thanksgiving One Whole Meal"
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music1989TV Movie performer: "Yesterday", "Help Me Make It Through The Night"
Angel III: The Final Chapter1988performer: "Secrets"
A Garfield Christmas Special1987TV Short performer: "Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie", "You Can Never Find an Elf When You Need One"
Garfield Goes Hollywood1987TV Short performer: "They Love Us", "Hollywood Feels So Good"
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV Special performer: "Take My Breath Away"
Garfield in Paradise1986TV Short performer: "Hello, Hawaii Can I Come Over?", "Beauty and the Beach" - as Garfield
Garfield in Disguise1985TV Short performer: "This Is the Night", "Scaredy Cat" - as Garfield
New Love, American Style1985TV Series performer - 7 episodes
E/R1984TV Series performer: "I've Got a Real Emergency, Here"
Garfield on the Town1983TV Short performer: "Crazy Day", "The Claws"
It's Not Easy1983TV Series performer - 1 episode
Here Comes Garfield1982TV Short performer: "Foolin' Around", "Here Comes Garfield", "Long About Midnight", "Together Again"
The Cannonball Run1981performer: "Love Is on the Air", "If and When"
The Muppet Show1977TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops1976TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Specialist1975performer: "The Specialist"
Welcome to Arrow Beach1974performer: "Who Can Tell Us Why"
The Soul of Nigger Charley1973performer: "Sometime Day", "Morning Comes Round"
Believe in Me1971performer: "Believe in Me"
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV Special performer: "Jean"
Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers1969TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Jack Benny's Bag1968TV Special performer: "Mrs. Robinson" - uncredited
Duffy1968performer: "I'm Satisfied"
The Best on Record1968TV Special performer: "Dead End Street" / writer: "Dead End Street"
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV Series performer - 1 episode

Music Department

Jungle Cubs1996-1998TV Series performer - 13 episodes
Garfield Gets a Life1991TV Movie vocals
Angel III: The Final Chapter1988composer: end theme
E/R1984TV Series singer - 2 episodes


The 4th Annual Black Gold Awards1987TV Special co-executive producer
The 3rd Annual Black Gold Awards1986TV Special executive producer


Uh Oh!2004


Hey Arnold!1999TV Series special thanks - 1 episode


An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence2001TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Host
The Jazz Channel Presents Lou Rawls2000VideoHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Norm1999TV SeriesHimself
CD Highway1999TV SeriesHimself
Praise the Lord1998TV SeriesHimself
The Good News1998TV SeriesHimself
The Oak Ridge Boys Live from Las Vegas1998TV SeriesHimself
The Prince1996/IHimself
Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine1996TV SpecialHimself
Roc1994TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself
Vicki!1992TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Fantasy Christmas1992TV MovieHimself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1980-1989TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1989TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music1989TV MovieHimself
Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits1988TV MovieHimself - Host
Soul Train1971-1988TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest / Himself
The 15th Annual American Music Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.1988TV SpecialHimself
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHimself
Throb1987TV SeriesHimself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 4th Annual Black Gold Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
The 14th Annual American Music Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1986TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The 3rd Annual Black Gold Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
50th Presidential Inaugural Gala1985TV MovieHimself
Solid Gold1982-1985TV SeriesHimself
Motown Returns to the Apollo1985TV SpecialHimself
The Secret World of the Very Young1984TV MovieHimself - Performer
On Stage America1984TV SeriesHimself
The 11th Annual American Music Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1983TV SpecialHimself
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
The President's Command Performance1983TV MovieHimself
The 10th Annual American Music Awards1983TV SpecialHimself
Ray Charles: A Man & His Soul1983TV MovieHimself
Reading Rainbow1983TV SeriesHimself
The American Music Awards1982TV SpecialHimself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Uptown: A Tribute to the Apollo Theatre1980TV SpecialHimself - Host
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHimself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1962-1980TV SeriesHimself - Vocalist / Himself - Co-Host / Himself
The Ronnie Corbett Special1979TV SeriesHimself
The 21st Annual Grammy Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
The 6th Annual American Music Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 20th Annual Grammy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
The 5th Annual American Music Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
International Cabaret1978TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1973-1977TV SeriesHimself - Host / Singer / Himself
The Muppet Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
The Basil Brush Show1977TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1977TV SpecialHimself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1977TV SeriesHimself
The Captain and Tennille1977TV SeriesHimself
The 4th Annual American Music Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Wolfman Jack Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
Lou Rawls: Soul on Ice!1975TV MovieHimself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
Musical Chairs1975TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1969-1974TV SeriesHimself
The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters1973-1974TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up and Cheer1972-1973TV SeriesHimself
Tennessee Ernie Ford's White Christmas1972TV MovieHimself - Singer
The David Frost Show1969-1972TV SeriesHimself
Tom Smothers' Organic Prime Time Space Ride1971TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651971TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Julie Felix1970TV SeriesHimself
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHimself - Perfomer
This Is Tom Jones1970TV Series documentaryHimself
Playboy After Dark1969-1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Frost on Sunday1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest Star
The Kraft Music Hall1967-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Barbara McNair Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1970TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Sesame Street1970TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
The Red Skelton Hour1968-1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest Vocalist
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host
Music Scene1969TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers1969TV SeriesHimself
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1968TV SeriesHimself
Jack Benny's Bag1968TV SpecialHimself
Soul1968TV MovieHimself - Host
Lulu's Back in Town1968TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Best on Record1968TV SpecialHimself
Die Drehscheibe1968TV SeriesSinger
The Ed Sullivan Show1966-1968TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHimself
Malibu U.1967TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Shivaree1966TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood a Go Go1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The New Steve Allen Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Frankie Laine: An American Dreamer2006Video documentaryHimself - Host
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest2005TV MovieHimself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones2005TV MovieHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesHimself
Father of the Pride2004TV SeriesHimself
Straight from the Heart: Timeless Music of the 60's & 70's2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
An Evening of Stars: 25th Anniversary Tribute to Lou Rawls2004TV MovieHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2004TV SeriesHimself
God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony - The Voice2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Nick at Nite Holiday Special2003TV MovieHimself (voice)
American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love and Soul2003TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
DeFord Bailey: A Legend Lost2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Proud Family2002TV SeriesHimself
Petula Clark: A Sign of the Times2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Christmas with the Stars2001TV MovieHimself
VH1 Legends2001TV Series documentaryHimself
My Wife and Kids2001TV SeriesHimself
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America2001TV Mini-Series documentary
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

My Music: '70s & '80s Soul Rewind2013TV MovieHimself
Unsung2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
My Wife and Kids2004TV SeriesHimself
Women of the House1995TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2004Lifetime Achievement AwardTemecula Valley International Film Festival
1982Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on December 15, 1982 at 6931 Hollywood Blvd.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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