Lou Rawls (1933-2006) was an actor and R&B singer with a four-octave range. His notable hits from the 1970s include You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine and Lady Love. He was also the singing voice in the Garfield TV specials that aired on CBS during the 1980s and 1990s.
Rawls died of lung cancer on January 6, 2006.
Rawls' performance of the Alphabet Song is included in the DVD set Old School: Volume 1. According to the set's booklet, Rawls balked at the idea of using cue cards during the performance, only to change his mind when he forgot the order of the letters.