Ernie Lucas’ two 45s for Okeh are among the least heralded from this best loved of Chicago labels. But his expressive tenor vocals are worthy of much more attention. His own uptempo Nothing Can Separate Me From Your Love with it’s lovely bluesy cadences is a fine slab of hard West Coast music and really recommended. The flip is a more mellow “What We Pay For Love” featuring some very tasty guitar licks. His other first class track is the similarly paced Love Thief which has a really strong arrangement to match the melodic chord changes.
UPDATE ~ Bosko Asanovic has kindly been in touch with more details of Ernie's recordings as "Arin Demain" and "Karl Evans" and other pseudonyms - these have been added to the discography. Thanks as always to Bosko for his knowledge.
As ARIN DEMAIN
Silent treatment / You don't have to cry anymore ~ BLUE STAR 1000
As LORD JIM & THE VIP's
You don't have to cry anymore / Do the marlin ~ BLUE STAR 450
As KARL EVANS
Honey on my shoulder / Oo wee let it be me babe ~ SKYWAY 143
As ERNIE LUCAS
Love thief / What would I do without you ~ OKEH 7315 (1968)
What we pay for love / Nothing can separate me from your love ~ OKEH 7321 (1969)
Thanks to Davie Gordon as always for putting me straight on this one.