Lou Rawls managed to achieve massive success twice over, in the mid 60s on Capitol and again in the late 70s/early 80s on Philadelphia International, rivalling Teddy Pendergrass and Billy Paul as the label’s top star.
The gold album “When You Hear Lou, You’ve Heard It All” was issued in 1977 (the title echoes the slogan of Lou’s sponsors Budweiser) and features one of his biggest hits in “Lady Love” alongside a fabulous cover of “Unforgettable”. The bonus track is a 1987 all-star collaboration for the presidential hopeful Jesse Jackson.
“Lou Rawls Live” (originally a double vinyl album) was issued in 1978, and is a faithful souvenir of Rawls late 70s stage show. It features renditions of his greatest hits from both the 60s and 70s (“Stormy Monday”, “Dead End Street”, “See You When I Git There”, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”), as well as covers of his favourite songs (“Hello Dolly”, “Mack The Knife”) and tributes to his influences “Sir Duke”, “Mona Lisa”), alongside covers of contemporary classics (“Send In The Clowns”, “This One’s For You”).