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R.I.P. Bobby Womack, legendary soul singer dead at 70

on June 27, 2014, 6:54pm

Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack has died, according to his label, XL Recordings. He was 70 years old.

A cause of death is currently unknown. However, in recent years, Womack had been diagnosed with colon cancer and may have suffering the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Born March 4th, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, Womack grew up in an devoutly religious family: his father was a Baptist minster and his mother was the church’s resident organ player. After buying his first guitar in 1954, a 10-year-old Womack joined forces with his brother Curtis to form the Womack Brothers, and the siblings toured the gospel circuit throughout much of the 1950s.

In 1956, singing legend Sam Cooke discovered the brothers, urging them to change their name to The Valentinos and to move toward a more soul-influenced. Over the next decade, The Valentinos scored a handful of hits, including “Lookin’ for a Love” and the Bobby Womack-penned “It’s All Over Now”. The brothers Womack disbanded the Valentinos following Sam Cooke’s sudden death in 1964.

By the early 1970s, Womack had begun working as a songwriter and guitarist for several big-name acts, including The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, Wilson Pickett, and many more. During this time, Womack had a big solo hit with a remake of his first hit single, “Lookin’ for a Love”. However, he closed out the 1970s by once again finding most of his success in collaborations with others, including penning Wilton Felder’s “(No Matter How High I Get) I’ll Still Be Looking Up to You” and releasing a few duets with Patti LaBelle.

By 1985, Womack’s issues with substance abuse had derailed his career. However, he sobered up in the mid-1990s and was able to release a handful of albums and also collaborate with the likes of Todd Rundgren and The Roots. After a few more releases in the 2000s, Womack experienced a sudden career resurgence when Damon Albarn tapped him to contribute to Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach album. He parlayed that work into a deal with XL Recordings, who released 2012’s The Bravest Man in the Universe.

Despite his sorted medical issues, Womack continued his work into 2014. He toured regularly and was also at-work on his next album, tentatively titled The Best Is Yet To Come, which reportedly featured cameos from Ron Isley, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, and Snoop Dogg.

Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Below, enjoy a few of his best known songs:

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Nicole
June 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm

R.I.P. Bobby Womack you will very missed

GRACE SEXTON
June 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

Deeply saddened– praying for family, friends, and fans!

Tee Watts
June 28, 2014 at 12:39 am

One of his most recent interviews: http://www.glidemagazine.com/120431/bobby-womack-revisiting-one-last-interviews/

Anonymous
June 28, 2014 at 12:22 am

A final Good Night to a legend & one of my very favorite artists of all times. I love you Bobby & will miss you greatly. Thank you for the wonderful music & unforgettable memories you have left us with. May you Rest In Peace, dear Bobby. E.T

Annie Batiste
June 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

RIP Bobby

Anonymous
June 28, 2014 at 12:11 am

J loved his music and he wll be truly missed R.I.P, Mr Womack.

Annie Batiste
June 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

He will really be missed.I love his music.R.I.P Bobby

Christopher Peterson
June 27, 2014 at 9:42 pm

RIP “The Poet”

Ted Hinton
June 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Bobby was the MAN he was a mix between r&b & soul there was no human like him and there will never be another womack all day tomorrow R.I.P you deserve it brother thanks for all the great music if you think y’all lonely tonight wait til tonight God bless his family

Peggy Postma-Boon
June 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm

R.I.P. Bobby Womack……..!

Kellie 31
June 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I love you bobby Womack your in a better place now … You can sleep in pace now bobby

You will always live on in my heart

cth86
June 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Reblogged this on Eveready Steady and commented:
My mom and my late father grew up with his music. That cat is definitely a soulful musician. I still have some of his vinyls.
R.I.P.

Katherine McKnight
June 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm

We grew up as well,with Bobby Womack s music..it’s so awful….we will miss u.may God be the Family and friends.

Rosetta
June 27, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Amazing Artist, he was an will always be a Legend. R.I.P

danetteoneal1
June 27, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Reblogged this on Danette O'Neal, PhD.

PETE JONES
June 27, 2014 at 8:30 pm

WOW SO SAD TO HEAR THE NEWS OF THIS AWESOME MAN!!! RIP MR WOMACK U WILL TRULLY B MISSED!!! FROM A 40YR YOUNG MAN WHO HAD NO CHOICE GROWING UP BUT FALL IN LOVE WIT HIS MUSIC!!! MY LATE PARENTS PLAYED HIS MUSIC EVERY DAY!!!!

Janie hill
June 27, 2014 at 8:22 pm

He rocked and my dormitory pals would shut the floor down at Ark A.M. & N College with The Preacher. From then on, he was my sound man. Strum your guitar.

Ebonique
June 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm

RIP Mr. Womack

Anonymous
June 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm

omg my heart is heavy right now my favorite singer RIP Mr. Womack

erniecordell
June 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Reblogged this on Ernest Phillip Henry Clay Yates Kehoe Head Cordell and commented:
We’ve lost a legend whose work I had not completely learned to appreciate because I did not know all his connexions to my culture.

Franny Ward
June 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm

So sad to hear of the passing of Soul legend Bobby Womack. My favourite was Across 110 th St. Rest In Peace Mr Womack Sir xxx

denise
June 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm

What about “If you think your lonely now”? RIP Mr. Womack.

Anonymous
June 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm

legend that gave us great music

Anonymous
June 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

RIP Mr Bobby Womack god needed you more your work here was done so god called you home thank you for your wonderful music you gave us and your concerts was the bomb peace and love your memory will live on

Anonymous
June 27, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Rip. Bobby

Sadhie
June 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Sleep on

Ladys Segula
June 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

R.I.P. Bobby Womack

Anonymous
June 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm

if its on the internet, it must be true

brothers1
June 27, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Reblogged this on Brothers Perspective Magazine and commented:
R.I.P. Bobby Womack, legendary soul singer dead at 70

ceasarelloie
June 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Rest in peace Bobby…

Tom Morrissey
June 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm

killed by internet death hoax

Consequences
June 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

LOL he aint even dead…idiots

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