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Lou Pride

George Louis Pride was born May 24, 1950 in Chicago up on the north side of the Windy City. Like countless other soul and blues singers he had gospel roots; he attended First Baptist Church pastored by Reverend E.J. Cole, the father of Nat King Cole. But after watching a BB King performance with his mom, blues singing became a career goal. Nothing much happened until a two year stint singing with The Karls on service shows in Germany; upon returning home he formed a duet with a female singer who went by the initial's JLC; the pair had a Sam & Dave-type act and got along so well they married and settled in El Paso, TX. It was while living in El Paso that Pride cut the classic single "I'm Com'n Home in the Morn'n" b/w "I'm Not Thru With You" on Seumi Records in the early '70s. Other 1970s' singles include: "Look Out on Love," "We're Only Fooling Ourselves," "You've Got to Work for Love," and "Been Such a Long Time". He cut his first album, "Very Special" (reissued as "Gone Bad For A Very Special Reason" in 1988), in 1979 while living in Albuquerque, NM, for Black Gold Records. He was introduced to Curtis Mayfield and cut an album ("Gone Bad Again") for the Curtom label. Ichiban Records released a CD on Pride in 1997 and Ice House Records produced "I Won't Give Up" in 2000. His best work began being released on Severn Records in 2002. Two terrific new studio albums, "Words Of Caution" (2002) & "Keep On Believing" (2005), were released, in addition to a collection of Lou's early 70's material ("The Memphis/El Paso Sessions 1970-1973").

Lou Pride died June 5th 2012. His final studio album will be released in the fall of 2012 by Severn Records.

ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY

"Very Special " (Black Gold 1979)

reissued as "Gone Bad For Very Special Reason"

"Gone Bad For Very Special Reason" (Black Gold 1979) "Gone Bad For Very Special Reason" (Black Gold 1988)

1. Gone Bad Again
2. So Far Away
3. Been So Long
4. I Didn't Take Your Woman
5. I Found A Love
6. We're Only Fooling Ourselves
7. Very Special
8. I'm Not Through Loving You

"Gone Bad Again" (Curtom/Ichiban 1990) "Gone Bad Again" (Curtom/Ichiban 1990)

1. Gone Bad Again
2. So Far Away
3. Been So Long
4. I Didn't Take Your Woman
5. I Found A Love
6. We're Only Fooling Ourselves
7. Very Special
8. I'm Not Through Loving You

"Love At Last" (WMB 1996)

1. Gone Bad
2. Very Special
3. I Can't Shake Your Love
4. Love at Last
5. Nobody's House But Mine
6. What About Now
7. I'm Coming Home in the Morning
8. Good Thing Working

Twisting The Knife" (Ichiban 1997) "Twisting The Knife" (Ichiban 1997)

1. Words of Caution
2. Love Sometimes
3. You Were Never Mine
4. Love for My Baby
5. Don't Blame the Man
6. It's a Good Thing
7. I Found My Baby Gone
8. Bringin' Me Back Home
9. Livin' a Lie
10. After the Party
11. You Are My Rainbow
12. Beware!

"I Won't Give Up" (Icehouse 2000) "I Won't Give Up" (Icehouse 2000)

 1. Ace of Spades
2. Might Give Out
3. Comin' Through the Back Door
4. Fox In the Henhouse
5. Deeper Shade of Blue
6. Love From a Stone
7. Sweet Voice
8. Mighty Big Shoes To Fill
9. Blessing From God
10. Blues for Cryin' Out Loud
11. Strong, Strong Love
12. Long Arm of the Blues
13. Twisting the Knife
14. I Had a Talk With My Baby

"Words Of Caution" (Severn 2002) "Words Of Caution" (Severn 2002) LISTEN

1. Words of Caution
2. Love Sometimes
3. You Were Never Mine
4. Love for My Baby
5. Don't Blame the Man
6. It's a Good Thing
7. I Found My Baby Gone
8. Bringin' Me Back Home
9. Livin' a Lie
10. After the Party
11. You Are My Rainbow
12. Beware!

The Memphis/El Paso Sessions 1970-1973" (Severn 2003)"The Memphis/El Paso Sessions 1970-1973" (Severn 2003)

1. Your Love Is Fading
2. Lonely Room
3. Look Out Love
4. I'm Com'un Home in the Morn'un
5. We're Only Fooling Ourselves
6. Phoney People
7. It's a Man's Man's Man's World
8. Work for Love
9. I'm Not Through Loving You
10. Your Love Is Fading
11. Message to the People
12. Tomorrow Is Promised to No One
13. There's Got to Be Someone for Me

Lou Pride "Keep On Believing" (Severn)"Keep On Believing" (Severn 2005) LISTEN

1. Midnight Call
2. Waiting in Vain
3. I Can't Hold It
4. I'm Com'un Home in the Morn'un
5. Love Will Make It Alright
6. I Want to Hold Your Hand
7. Another Broken Heart
8. Real Deal
9. Sunrise
10. Without Your Love
11. I Wanna Be the Man You Want
12. Layin' Eggs
13. Hold on to Your Dream

"Ain't No More Love In This House" (Severn 2013)

1. Ain't No More Love in This House
2. I Didn't Take Your Woman
3. Take It Slow
4. Never
5. She Boom Boom Me
6. We Can Do What We Want
7. Love Come Got Me
8. Key to the World
9. I Gotta Move On Up
10. Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast
11. Holding Back the Years

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