Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: #170: ‘A Natural Man’- Lou Rawls. August 28, 1971.
- Single: A Natural Man’- Lou Rawls
- Record Company- MGM
- Genre: Soul
- Written by Sandy Baron and Bobby Kebb
- Time: 3:40
- B-side: ‘Believe In Me’
- Album- Natural Man
- Grade- A-
- Peaked at #17 18 weeks in Billboard Hot 100
Lou Rawls was born in Chicago in 1933. From 1965-83 he had 18 Hot 100 Singles with 6 making the Top 40. His biggest hit was ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’- #2 in 1976. Lou Rawls died of cancer at the age of 72 in 1933. ‘A Natural Man’ won a Grammy Award for R&B Male Vocal.
Frank Sinatra was right when he said Lou Rawls had the smoothest voice he ever heard. I think he would have had many more Top 40 hits if he got more airplay on Top 40 stations (a Black friend of mine said he was “too Black” for Top 40). I mean, Chicago had two Top 40 stations on AM and a couple that would qualify as Top 40 on FM, and I rarely heard him. If I put on WVON or WJPC, the two R&B stations, I heard him a lot. And Lou was a proud Chicagoan. It made no sense to me.
I saw him sing the national anthem once in Cleveland. I was kind of surprised he didn’t have more hits than he had- a great voice i agree.
New tune for me.