Lou Rawls

rawls1December 1, 1933 – January 6, 2006

Two things you should know about Lou Rawls: 1) He was a multi-Grammy award winning soul and R&B singer whose career spawned more than 60 albums and 18 Billboard Top 100 singles. And 2) He holds the distinction of being one of the only people represented on this blog who died twice.

While on tour with a young Sam Cooke in 1958, Rawls, then just 23, was in a severe car accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. Not content with that outcome, Rawls decided to come back and scrap it out for another 48 years. During this near half-century long “second chance,” Rawls became one of the most recognizable voices on the radio with songs like “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” and “Your Good Thing (Is About To End).” He also lent his celebrated baritone to many voice-over and cartoon projects and did some live-action acting to boot.  Lou was also known for his charitable work with the United Negro College Fund. In 2006, Lou Rawls died after a brief battle with lung and brain cancer. This time it stuck.  He was 72.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Courts Of Remembrance Section, Wall Elevation 9A, Wall Crypt 3186; Lou’s wall crypt can be found on the outside southern part of the first (eastern) garden, 9 spaces in from the corner and 3 rows up (just to the left of a large, darker marble section.)



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