Throwback: Dianne Reeves & Lou Rawls-Baby It’s Cold Outside

Dianne Reeves and Lou Rawls’ comedic version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” appears on the 1995 Jazz To The World compilation. Rawls’ glowing baritone and Reeves’ kittenish approach lightened up by a burp was sexy and fun. You can hear the joy they had when recording the song together in a rare moment of two esteemed vocalists giving their take on a classic. Their version had nuance despite their funny ad-libs and it was still classy even with the grown-up nature of the song. Blue Note Records released the compilation as a part of The Very Special Christmas series of albums created by music producer Jimmy Iovine who wanted to make a Christmas album for his father and his wife Vicki who suggested that the proceeds go to the Special Olympics. Rawls passed in 2006 after five decades of being a legendary soul and blues singer. Dianne Reeves’ most recent album is Light Up The Night: Live In Marciac from 2016. 

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