Lou Rawls overleden...

 

(CNN) -- Lou Rawls, whose mellifluous baritone was featured on hits ranging from his own "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" to Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me," has died, CNN has learned. He was 70.  Rawls died Friday morning at a Los Angeles hospital, according to a spokesperson. The singer died of lung cancer.

 


Image The singer was as well known for his charitable activities as he was for his four-octave range. He founded the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon, which raised millions of dollars for the United Negro College Fund. Rawls was born on December 1, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois. A childhood friend of Sam Cooke -- and, like Cooke, trained in gospel -- as a teenager he took Cooke's place in Cooke's gospel group, the Highway QCs, and later supported Cooke on tour and in the studio. He nearly died in an auto accident while traveling with Cooke in 1958, spending several days in a coma, according to Allmusic.com. Rawls had his first big solo hit with 1966's "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing," which earned him mention in Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music."  He had his biggest hit in 1976 with "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," which topped the R&B charts and hit No. 2 on the pop charts. Other hits include "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," "Natural Man" and "Lady Love."

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