When You Hear Lou, You've Heard It All

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When You Hear Lou, You've Heard It All
Studio album by Lou Rawls
Released 1977
Recorded 1977
Studio Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre Philadelphia soul, jazz
Length 37:49
Label Philadelphia International
Producer Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Von Gray, Sherman Marshall, Bobby Martin, Phillip Terry
Lou Rawls chronology
Unmistakably Lou
(1977)Unmistakably Lou1977
When You Hear Lou, You've Heard It All
Let Me Be Good to You
(1979)Let Me Be Good to You1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

When You Hear Lou, You've Heard It All is a 1977 album by American R&B singer Lou Rawls, released on the Philadelphia International Records label. On this album, only four tracks were produced by Gamble & Huff with the remainder shared among other producers. The album's lead single "Lady Love", while only a moderate R&B hit, proved successful in the crossover market, becoming Rawls' last single to enter the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. When You Hear Lou, You've Heard It All was well-reviewed and sold respectably, peaking at #13 on the R&B albums chart and #41 pop.

The title of the album is a play on the then current Budweiser advertising slogan "When you say Budweiser, you've said it all". The Budweiser company had been sponsors of Rawls' live shows in 1976 and 1977, and he could be heard at the time singing on television commercials for the company. (Rawls' 1978 live album Lou Rawls Live includes a short performance of the original "When you say..." jingle.)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lady Love" (Von Gray, Sherman Marshall) – 4:01
  2. "I Wish It Were Yesterday" (Bobby Martin, Lee Phillips) – 3:27
  3. "One Life to Live" (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff) – 3:53
  4. "Dollar Green" (Bobby Martin) – 3:09
  5. "Trade Winds" (Ralph MacDonald, William Salter) – 3:47
  6. "There Will Be Love" (Gamble, Huff) – 4:20
  7. "Unforgettable" (Irving Gordon) – 3:25
  8. "That Would Do It for Me" (Gamble, Huff) – 3:13
  9. "If I Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" (Gamble, Huff) – 4:32
  10. "Not the Staying Kind" (Michael Burton) – 3:52


  • Lou Rawls – Vocals
  • Barbara Ingram, Carla Benton, Yvette Benson – Backing vocals
  • Charles Collins – Drums
  • Michael "Sugarbear" Foreman – Bass
  • Dennis Harris, Roland Chambers – Guitar
  • Edward Green, Leon Huff – Keyboards
  • Davis Cruse – Congas, bongos
  • Don Renaldo – Strings, horns


  • "Lady Love" (US Pop #24, US R&B #21)
  • "One Life to Live" (US R&B #32)
  • "There Will Be Love" (US R&B #76)