Willow Weep For Me

Lou Rawls

“From 1962, Lou Rawls swings a soulful standard”

Frankly Jazz, which was hosted by Frank Evans (a jazz disc jockey in the Los Angeles area), was a half-hour weekly television program that was telecast in 1962.

Each week, Evans would present a different jazz artist.

In 1962, Lou Rawls was in his most jazz-oriented period, having just recorded the Stormy Monday Blues album with Les McCann.

On this clip, Rawls puts plenty of feeling and soul into “Willow Weep For Me,” followed by a brief bonus featuring the Lighthouse All-Stars (with tenor-saxophonist Bob Cooper, trumpeter Bobby Bryant and pianist Forrest Westbrook) on “Topsy.”

– Scott Yanow