Richard Pyror sings the blues. Really.

You may know Richard Pryor was a brilliant comic with a dark side, to say the least. But did you know that even though he started performing comedy after moving to New York City in 1963, Pryor immediately began performing both in comedy but also in singing, where he opened for Bob Dylan and Nina Simone?

A video just uploaded shows a rare singing performance by the young Richard Pryor – he does the Jimmy Cox 1923 standard “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out.” And it’s better than you ever imagined.