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A Lou Rawls Christmas

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A Lou Rawls Christmas

Lou Rawls performs at The Coconut Club in 1998. (AP Photo / Jill Connelly)

Frank Sinatra once said that Lou Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game." That velvety voice sounds good all year long, but never quite as wonderful as during the holidays.

Rawls, who died of cancer Jan. 6, 2006, would have turned 80 today. And what better way to celebrate this December baby's life than to listen to a few of his greatest Christmas songs? Rawls released several Christmas albums, beginning with 1967's Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!...

Rawls made holiday classics swing like never before…

…And he added his own flair to modern favorites.

Even if Christmas isn't your holiday of choice, there's a Lou Rawls song for you.

Written by Linnea Crowther

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