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Bobby Womack, legendary soul singer, dead at 70

By Jethro Nededog

Soul singer Bobby Womack has died, his record company, XL Recordings, confirmed. The cause of death is currently unknown.

The singer's career spanned seven decades and included '80s hit "If You Think You're Lonely Now."

Womack began his career in the early 1960s as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos. He was also Sam Cooke's backing guitarist.

In the late-60s, Womack went solo. In 1968, he signed with Minit Records and recorded his first solo album, "Fly Me To The Moon," which included his first major hit with a cover of The Mamas & The Papas' "California Dreamin'." He would go on to collaborate with music notables Gábor Szabó, George Benson, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin and Pearl.

He would later leave Minit and sign with United Artists where he released the album, "Communication." He would earn his first Top 40 hit, "That's the Way I Feel About Cha."

Womack's biggest commercial success would occur in the 1970s with back-to-back successful albums.

In the 80s, Womack's career was complicated by substance abuse. He would have kicked the problem and saw a resurgence in the 90s. During this time, he worked with Todd Rundgren and The Roots.

In 2010, Womack collaborated on the single, "Stylo," alongside Mos Def, from the third Gorillaz album, "Plastic Beach."

A year earlier, in 2009, Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jul 1, 2014 4:52PM

Rest In Peace - Bobby Womack.  You were one of a kind and there will never, never, never be another you in this world.  Job well done. You will always be the best.  Glad that I met you in the 70s and early 80s and always enjoyed your music and performances. Rest on.

Jun 28, 2014 5:43PM
Bobby was the man. his music was played in my home when I was just a young boy by family members who love his music. I will never forget how his music brought happiness in our home. Thank You Mr. Bobby Womack. RIP Man!!! 
Jun 28, 2014 4:08PM
There are a few people that have never heard of Bobby but may have heard some of his works.

Womack was a versatile singer/SONGWRITER that dates back to the 50's. No telling what you might hear on the radio or in a movie that may have come from one of his written songs or collaborations. No matter if its Pop, country, R&B, Jazz, or any other genre.  

He has been covered or collaborated with Donnie Osmond, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, Mariah Carey, Jodeci, Bob Dylan, and a host of others just to name a few. Very few artists have the range to go from Sam Cooke to Tom Petty and not miss a beat with his own music. They don't make em like Mr Womack anymore. He was a musical Trailblazer that will be dearly missed, again, his star shines brightly and will always be well Lit!

R.I.P. Mr Bobby Womack

Jun 28, 2014 2:40PM

RIP Mr. Bobby Womack. You were a great talent and will be missed so much.

My all time favorite is Harry Hippie, but there were so many other great songs

you sang. That is what the greats did back then gave us so many choices.

It is not like that now.

Jun 28, 2014 1:13PM

Bobby Womack thought the Stones' take on "It's All Over Now" was "plastic soul," but they sang it in their own dialect. I doubt very much they were trying to do Womack. They went to depths of their own later. Womack early songs could lend themselves to credible rock covers(J. Geils version of "Lookin' for a Love"); his later stuff? Not so sure.

Check out this clip on YouTube of Womack with his family: . 

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