Cooke in 1963
Rawls in 1995
Cooke in Billboard, 1965, released posthumously
Rawls performing with Frank Gorshin in 1977
Grave of Sam Cooke in the Garden of Honor at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Lou Rawls (right) at Baltimore's Inner Harbor (1980) being interviewed by local news anchor Curt Anderson, promoting the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon
Lou Rawls's tomb at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)

He began singing in the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church choir at the age of seven and later sang with local groups through which he met Sam Cooke, who was nearly three years older, and Curtis Mayfield.

- Lou Rawls

During this time, Cooke befriended fellow gospel singer and neighbor Lou Rawls, who sang in a rival gospel group.

- Sam Cooke
Cooke in 1963

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Bring It On Home to Me

"Bring It On Home to Me" is a song by American soul singer Sam Cooke, released on May 8, 1962, by RCA Victor.

The original, unreleased first take includes vocals from Lou Rawls, J.W. Alexander, Fred Smith (former assistant A&R rep at Keen Records), and "probably" the Sims Twins.

Philip Paul Bliss

The Highway Q.C.'s

American gospel group that has been active for over 70 years.

American gospel group that has been active for over 70 years.

Philip Paul Bliss

The group helped launch the careers of several secular stars, including Lou Rawls, Johnnie Taylor and Sam Cooke.