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us: Rawls, Lou

  • [Individual was a Grammy awardee and a Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee.]
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    • us: Rawls, Louis Allen
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    • Birth Place

        (naf) Chicago (Ill.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Los Angeles (Calif.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Chosen Gospel Singers
        • Organization: (naf) Pilgrim Travelers (Musical group)
        • Organization: (naf) Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association
        • Organization: (naf) United Negro College Fund
        • Organization: (naf) Florida Memorial College
    • Gender

    • Field of Activity

        (lcsh) Philanthropinism
      • Occupation

          (lcsh) Gospel musicians
            (lcsh) Singers
        • Sources

          • found: Lou Rawls "live." [Phonodisc] 1966.
          • found: New Rolling stone enc. of rock & roll (Rawls, Lou; b. Dec. 1, 1935, Chicago, Ill.)
          • found: Guinness enc. of pop. mus., 2nd ed. (Rawls, Lou; b. Dec. 1, 1935, Chicago, Ill.)
          • found: Southern, E. Bio. dict. of Afro-Amer. and African musicians (Rawls, Louis Allen ("Lou"); b. Dec. 1, 1936, Chicago, Ill.; gospel singer, entertainer)
          • found: Feather, L.G. Enc. of jazz in the 70's (Rawls, Lou; b. Dec. 1, 1935, Chicago, Ill.; jazz and blues singer)
          • found: Yahoo! news WWW site, Jan. 6, 2006 (Lou Rawls; d. early Friday [Jan. 6, 2006], Los Angeles, aged 72, according to his family and publicist, although other records indicate that he was 70; velvet-voiced singer who started as a church choir boy and went on to sell more than 40 million albums and win three Grammy Awards in a career that spanned nearly five decades and a range of genres)
          • found: Grove music online WWW site, Jan. 6, 2006 (Rawls, Lou(is Allen); American singer; b. Dec. 1, 1935, Chicago; his year of birth has been published variously as 1935, 1936, and 1937; an inquiry, via his manager, confirmed 1935 as the correct year)
          • found: African American National Biography, accessed March 18, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Rawls, Lou; Louis Allen Rawls; gospel musician, singer, philanthropist; born 01 December 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, United States; sang with Chosen Gospel Singers and Pilgrim Travelers (1951); won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Dead End Street”, Grammy for “Natural Man” (1971) and Grammy for best R&B album with "1977's Unmistakably Lou"; joined Philadelphia International Records (1976); spokesman for Anheuser Busch (for their product Budweiser beer) (1976); raised money for the United Negro College Fund (1979-2004); recognized for his artistic and philanthropic work with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1982); recorded the album Rawls Sings Sinatra (2003); opened Florida Memorial College's Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts (2004); died 06 January 2006 in Los Angeles, California, United States)
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          • [Individual was a Grammy awardee and a Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee.]
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          • 1983-04-13: new
          • 2015-05-29: revised
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