Tuesday 1 July 2014

Bobby Womack [1944-2014]

The soul music world was reeling last week following news of the passing of Bobby Womack, 27th June, aged 70.  Although having released music spanning 5 decades, Womack had seen something of a strong resurgence over the last few years, notably following his collaborations with Damon Albarn - Womack having appeared on the 2010 Gorillaz release, 'Plastic Beach', which prompted Albarn to then go on and produce Womack's acclaimed 2012 album, 'The Bravest Man in the Universe', released on XL Recordings.

Initially discovered while touring as a member of his family's group by Sam Cooke in 1956, Cooke went on to rename the brothers, The Valentinos, and produce their first single, 'Looking for a Love'.

Womack's solo career went on to include the hits 'Woman's Gotta Have It', 'Across 110th Street' and 'If You Think You're Lonely Now', but also included writing and studio guitar work for acts including Aretha Franklin, Sly & The Family Stone, Ronnie Wood and Janis Joplin. Womack's later years were sadly plagued with bad health including bouts of cancer, pneumonia, heart diseases and diabetes.

To commemorate the music of Bobby Womack, we'd like to leave you with a few songs particularly synonymous amongst his catalogue, and probably songs getting their due respect on current soul music radio.  Rest in peace, Bobby Womack...

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