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Lou Pride
Lou Pride
George Louis Pride
Born (1944-05-24)May 24, 1944
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died June 5, 2012(2012-06-05) (aged 68)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Blues, soul[1]
Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Labels Various including Ichiban, Curtom and Severn
Website www.loupride.com

Lou Pride (May 24, 1944 - June 5, 2012)[2] was an American blues and soul singer and songwriter.[1] Some sources state his year of birth was 1950.[3] He is best known for his compositions "Long Arm Of The Blues" and "Love From A Stone".[3] Pride had a cult following amongst British Northern soul aficionados.[4]

Before his death, Allmusic noted that Pride had a "smooth, uptown southern voice,"[5] and was "more known for performances in blues clubs and festivals than his artistry in the studio."[6]


He was born George Louis Pride,[3] in Chicago, Illinois, United States.[1] Pride grew up on Chicago's north side and attended the First Baptist Church, where the pastor was Nat King Cole's father.[1][2]

After conscription in the United States Army,[2] Pride met and married a female singer and they settled in El Paso, Texas.[1] They performed as a singing duo before, after seeing B.B. King perform live, Pride concentrated his singing future around the blues and soul music genres.[7] Pride recorded his first two singles in the early 1970s. These were "I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un" (1972) and "Your Love Is Fading," the latter released by Suemi Records.[1][8] After relocating to New Mexico, he recorded sporadically whilst constantly performing in blues clubs and at festivals on the chitlin' circuit.[9] Other tracks of his that were released over this period included "Look Out on Love," "We're Only Fooling Ourselves," "You've Got to Work for Love," and "Been Such a Long Time."[1]

Pride's debut album was entitled, Very Special (1979), which was released by Black Gold Entertainment. Several singles were issued before Gone Bad for a Very Special Reason (1988) was released, which had an almost an identical playlist to his debut effort.[1]

After returning to Chicago, he became acquainted with Curtis Mayfield, which saw Gone Bad Again (1990) being issued.[2] However, Pride's recordings remained second place to performing live. The WMB Records release, Love at Last (1995), contained re-recordings of several of Pride's earlier cuts. His 1997 Ichiban release was Twisting the Knife, followed by I Won't Give Up (2000).[1] Pride signed a recording contract with Severn Records in 2002, which preceded his first release for them, Words of Caution.[9] His early 1970s recordings were collected on the compilation album, The Memphis/El Paso Sessions 1970-1973, which Severn issued in June 2003.[10] Allmusic noted that the collection "remains a treasure trove of previously obscure soul music that spotlights one of the many great singers almost lost to history."[11]

In 2004, Pride undertook a brief tour in the UK. Alongside Darrell Nulisch, Pride was also the headline act at the Severn Records Soul and Blues Revue, in Chicago, in 2006.[8] Snippets of his composition, "Bringin' Me Back Home," were used in the 2007 film, Feast of Love.[7] Pride's appearance at the Severn Soul Review in 2010 was a significant comeback. He had been booked to appear in 2004, but he had had a heart attack before he could perform.[12]

Following a period of ill health, Pride died in Chicago in June 2012 of natural causes. He was aged 68.[2][13]



Year Title Label
1979 Very Special Black Gold Entertainment
1988 Gone Bad for a Very Special Reason Black Gold Entertainment
1990 Gone Bad Again Curtom/Ichiban
1995 Love at Last WMB Records
1997 Twisting the Knife[5] Ichiban
2000 I Won't Give Up[6] Icehouse Records
2002 Words of Caution Severn
2003 The Memphis/El Paso Sessions 1970-1973[14] Severn
2005 Keep on Believing[15] Severn


Selected singles

Year Title Label
1972 "I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un"[17] Passion Music
N/K "Your Love Is Fading Suemi Records
1988 "I Found a Love" Black Gold
N/K "I Didn't Take Your Woman Curtom Records
N/K "Been Such a Long Time" Onyx Records
N/K "Phoney People" Gemco Records


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Lou Pride | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Lou Pride Obituary: View Lou Pride's Obituary by News Sun". Legacy.suburbanchicagonews.com. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b c Doc Rock. "2012 January To June". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Wilson, Andrew (2007). Northern Soul (1st ed.). Cullompton, Devon, England: Willan Publishing. p. 37. ISBN 9781-84392-208-7. 
  5. ^ a b Andrew Hamilton (1997-10-21). "Twisting the Knife - Lou Pride | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ a b Andrew Hamilton (2000-06-27). "I Won't Give Up - Lou Pride | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ a b "Chicago singer Lou Pride 'was naturally soul blues' - Chicago Sun-Times". Suntimes.com. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ a b "Lou Pride Biography". OLDIES.com. 1950-05-24. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ a b "Soul-Blues Singer Lou Pride, R.I.P". Blues.about.com. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Lou Pride's Biography - Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Last.fm. 2013-01-15. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ Hal Horowitz (2003-06-24). "The Memphis/El Paso Sessions 1970-73 - Lou Pride | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Lou Pride - All About the SOUL - Soul Source Rare and Northern Soul". Soul-source.co.uk. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Chicago blues man Lou Pride dies at 68 | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Lou Pride". Soulbluesmusic.com. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ Hal Horowitz (2005-10-18). "Keep on Believing - Lou Pride | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Lou Pride | Discography". AllMusic. 2012-06-05. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un/I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un Inst - Lou Pride,Southwind Symohony | Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "Lou Pride Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1950-05-24. Retrieved . 

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