Frank Sinatra once said that Lou Rawls had “the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game”…I don’t think anyone could dispute that and today’s song is testament to that statement.
‘Tobacco Road’ was written and first recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1960, but for him it was never a hit and achieved only minor chart success. For many others, including Lou Rawls, however, it became a notable cover.
Releasing the album, ‘Tobacco Road’ in 1964, Rawls’ soulful rendition of its title track is still one of my favourite versions, other great copies include Jefferson Airplane’s great 1966 take. Listen to Lou Rawls’ funky cover above.
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