The Singer: Each man has his own vision of heaven; personally, I’d be happy to pass through the pearly gates and see Lou Rawls wearing a white linen suit and matching white loafers. He may not look especially God-like, but that voice, so bottomless and smooth, was pretty goddamn divine.
The Song: Written and produced by the Philadelphia music magnates Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, “You’ll Never Find” stands as Rawls’ signature song as well as a Platonic ideal for Philly soul itself. The dramatic strings, the Latin-tinged piano and a relentless disco beat in the chorus gives Rawls ample room to croon and exhort in equal measure. The song was Rawls’ biggest hit, charting at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard R&B and Adult Contemporary Charts.
The Video: Not much to say about this live clip; it’s a shame that a YouTube search didn’t reveal Rawls in his mid-’70s prime. But it’s a solid performance and Lou comes off as classy as ever.
-- Christian Schaeffer