Lou Rawls recently bellowed over the speakers during a holiday music listening session, and it dawned on me… I don’t own NEAR enough Lou Rawls records! Chalking up only two records in the collection (1963’s Black and Blue, his second, and 1966’s Carryin’ On), 2018 is going to need a lot more Lou, and a lot less messin’ around.
Q: What do lasagna-eating cats, the annual, festive day in which children of all ages celebrate and remember the dead, and soul legend Lou Rawls have in common? A: The 1985 animated television special, and Primetime Emmy winner, Garfield’s Halloween Adventure. I grew up on this 30-minute opus, and watching it on, or around Halloween has become a yearly tradition. It’s hard to believe this special is almost 30 years old, but anyway, the connection lives within the iconic voice of Mr. Rawls.
During the special’s opener, This is the Night (Trick or Treat), and again on the sing-along classic, Scaredy Cat, Garfield’s cool, sleek voice is provided by Lou Rawls, and therefore solidifies the unexpected pairings of great soul music, and mischievous, lazy, cartoon cats. On Halloween, Garfield = Lou Rawls, aka Lou-Halloween-Field.
Well, it’s December 15th, and with only 10 days until “the big one,” we’ll only have to drudge through only two more Christmas themed audio posts. Check out today’s tracklist:
1. The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
2. The Chinkees – Christmas
3. The Flaming Lips – Christmas at the Zoo
4. The Promise Ring – Holiday Adam
5. Clifton Chenier – It’s Christmas Time
6. Lou Rawls – Merry Christmas, Baby
7. Sammy Davis Jr. – Christmas Time All Over the World
8. The Statler Brothers – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
All this Christmas music is starting to get to me… light at the end of the holiday tunnel.. HURRY UP AND GET HERE!