Welcome to the program, originally broadcast live from the studios of KMHD Radio, located on the campus of Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. 89.1FM or at "kmhd.fm", 12-3PM, on January 14, 2006.
The studio is yours.
Lou Rawls died Friday morning, January 6 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He had been hospitalized for treatment of lung (Rawls quit smoking 35 years ago) and brain cancer.
Rawls was born on December 1, 1933 or 1935, in Chicago, Illinois.
Lou Rawl's Parade of Stars Telethon, raised millions of dollars for the United Negro College Fund, benefitting thousands of young children.
We've been treated to many rememberences of this three time Grammy winner who reportedly sold 40 million albums, all over the media and especially here on KMHD.
Paula Walker used to record hash marks in her bathroom when she heard something by Mr. Rawls. As she said a trip to her bathroom was complete with something to ponder. It inpired her appreciation of Lou Rawls and KMHD.
His remarkable smooth four-octave range voice drifted in and out of my life. Rawls sang in a variety of genres, from gospel to soul to standards. The last time I saw and heard Lou Rawls, he was singing the national anthem before Game 2 of the 2005 World Series in his hometown Chicago. Listen to it below. When he came out to sing, I wondered if he would nail it. The national anthem in that setting seems notorious for being difficult to sing. I agreed with the crowd you can hear in the background that clearly appreciated his treatment. It carried the credibility of a great singer with a lifetime of musical experience.
"Star Spangled Banner"- Lou Rawls
In a 1994 interview, CNN asked the legendary singer how he would like to be remembered. "Just somebody that took the problem in hand and tried to deal with it," he said.
..."Someone to Watch Over Me" (Ella Fitzgerald),
"Willow Weep For Me" (Lou Rawls).
Happy Birthday Sharon! "
Join George Fendel tomorrow for HIGH STANDARDS and "The Underdogs" promo.
"My Girl Shirl"
Ruth Mason, the singer and former Palm Cafe WOV DISCJOCKEY makes the introductory announcement.
Donald Byrd with an orginal by Duke Pearson. Recorded ath the Half Note Cafe, on an album called Volume 1. It's a Rudy Van Gelder Recording on 11.11.60. Pepper Adams and Layman Jackson.
See you on the second Saturday in February 11, 2006. 12-3PM.
The pleasure is mine.