Lou Rawls

Lou Rawls, the singer and actor died yesterday. He had been ill with cancer.

Of course, his big hit was “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”, one of only two Lou songs I own, but he put out dozens of albums, and appeared in several movies and TV shows, often doing voice work.

I knew him second best for his charitable work, which included telethons that helped the United Negro College Fund raise nearly $200 million. He was ABC News’ person of the week, although they said he was born in 1935 and was 72 years old, his age was apparently the source of much confusion.

But, I’ll always remember him best for a TV commercial that appears on this album. It’s one of the best performed songs from commercials ever. I reckon there are worse things to be remembered for.

Here’s to good friends,
Tonight is kinda special,
The beer will pour,
Must say something more,
So tonight, tonight
Let it be Loewnbrau

Three Academy Award-Worthy Questions

1. When did the Oscars move from February 27 to March 5, and why? I’m in favor, I just am surprised. See BOTH dates noted here– very bizarre.

2. Not gonna ask you who’s gonna be nominated for the Oscars. I’d rather know: Why do we care? I care, and I’ve seen fewer films this year than in a very long time. I will almost certainly have my rooting interests.

3. What do think is the worst (most embarassing, most inept) Oscar moment that you’ve seen or heard about?

BONUS QUESTION: The Washington Post notes: “The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen the co-star of ‘Death to Smoochy’ and ‘Big Daddy’ to host its prestigious Academy Awards ceremony, which this year will again be broadcast on ABC.”
But if Jon Stewart should suddenly become unavailable to host the Oscars, how about “Fred Hembeck”? Not Fred Hembeck, but “Fred Hembeck”, experienced host of the Fantastic Four Roast?

I’ll answer the third question in the reply section; I’m really seeking information from you folks about the first two and the bonus queries.

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