Soul singer and songwriter Bobby Womack dead at 70

Legendary soul singer and songwriter Bobby
Womack, who penned hits for many of the
greatest musicians of the 20th Century, has
died at the age of 70.
The cause of death was not announced, but Womack
had suffered from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease
and battled with drug addiction.
His hits included It’s All Over Now, performed by the
Rolling Stones, and Lookin’ for Love.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 2009.
Survivor Womack was born in 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio and
began singing in a gospel group in the 1950s with
his brothers.
He later gained attention after the siblings signed to
SAR Records in 1960.
The brothers, including Cecil, Curtis, Harry and
Friendly Jr, cut two R&B albums as the Valentinos.
Later the group broke up and Womack turned to song
writing and a solo career.
He outlived many of the acts with whom he played
and with whom he was friendly, including Jimi
Hendrix and Wilson Pickett.
His songs were recorded by Janis Joplin, Wilson
Pickett and many others. His friend Sam Cooke
persuaded him to let the Rolling Stones record It’s All
Over Now.
“He said, ‘One day you’ll be part of history, this group
is gonna be huge,'” Womack told BBC Newsnight in
2012. “I said, ‘Why don’t they get their own songs?'”
He also worked as a session guitarist, appearing on
recordings by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Dusty
Springfield, and Pickett.
From 1970-90, Womack charted 36 singles including
That’s the Way I Feel About Cha and wom@n’s Gotta
Have It.
A series of personal tragedies including the deaths of
two sons led him to drug abuse, according to the
Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
‘My worst critic’
After a long musical hiatus, in 2009 he was tapped
by Gorillaz co-founder Damon Albarn to record a song
for the group’s third album.
In 2012, Womack released his first album in more
than ten years, entitled The Bravest Man in the
Womack told the BBC in 2013 “drugs had a lot to do
with” a period spent away from the music industry
prior to 2009.
“I’ve always been my worst critic,” he said. “I think
that keeps me reaching… I never take the audience
for granted.”

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