Irma Thomas (born February 18, 1941, Pontchatoula, Louisiana)  is an American singer from New Orleans. She is known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans”.

Ms. Thomas is a contemporary of Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but she has never experienced the level of commercial success those ladies received. In 2007, she won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for After the Rain, her first Grammy in a career spanning over 50 years. She has had a career singing with the likes of James Taylor (Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, “Never Die Young”).

In April 2007, Ms. Thomas was honored for her contributions to Louisiana music with induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.  Also in 2007, Ms. Thomas accepted an invitation to participate in Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino where, singing with Marcia Ball,  she contributed “I Just Can’t Get New Orleans Off My Mind”.

But, Ms. Thomas has been busy all these years, appearing at concerts in performing twice at the Bluesfest music festival in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia in 201. On April 24 of that year, she performed on the Crossroads stage, coming on after Mavis Staples of the famous family singing group, The Staples Singers;  then on April 25, she headlined the Crossroads stage, coming on after Jethro Tull and Osibisa.

In 2013, Ms. Thomas was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the “Soul Blues Female Artist” category, which she rightfully won. She won the same award in 2014.

Here is a real beaut from a beautiful lady who puts such heart and soul in her lovely singing of the wonderful song “Anyone (Who Knows What Love Is)”.

The song was featured in December 2011 in Charlie Booker’s anthology series Black Mirror, in the second episode, entitled Fifteen Million Merits.  The song was also featured in a karaoke segment in the seventh episode,  White Christmas,  in December 2014, and again in the third series episode Men Against Fire in 2016.

Obviously a very popular song.

And now the incomparable Ms. Irma Thomas who sings “Anyone (Who Knows What Love Is”).



Irma Thomas

You can blame me
Try to shame me
And still I’ll care for you
You can run around
Even put me down
Still I’ll be there for you
The world
May think I’m foolish
They can’t see you
Like I can
Oh but anyone
Who knows what love is
Will understand
I just feel so sorry (anyone)
For the ones
Who pity me
‘Cause they just don’t know
(Anyone) Oh they don’t what happiness love can be
I know
I know to ever let you go
I know
I know to ever let you go
Oh, it’s more than I could ever stand
Oh, but anyone
Who knows what love is
Will understand
Oh (anyone) they’ll understand
(Anyone) If they try love, they’ll understand
(Anyone) Oh, try to understand.
Songwriters: Jeannie Seely / Randy Newman / Judith Arbuckle / Pat Sheeran
Anyone Who Knows What Love Is lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC





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