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Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bobby Womack Dead at 70

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Reported by Kacie Whaley

“If You Think You’re Lonely Now” singer Bobby Womack, died on Friday at the age of 70.  A representative of Womack’s label, XL Recordings, confirmed news of the legend’s death to Rolling Stone, but the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Womack began his music career as a member of Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers, a group consisting of him, his brother Curtis, and three other siblings.  The group was signed to Sam Cooke’s record label, SAR Records, in 1960.  In addition to Womack’s group releasing gospel singles, he also worked as a guitarist for Cooke.

The Womack group changed their name to The Valentinos and began recording secular music.  They had reasonable success with their song, “It’s All Over Now.”

After Cooke’s death, SAR Records folded, and Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers disbanded.  Three months after Cooke’s death in 1964, Womack married Cooke’s widow, Barbara Campbell.

Womack released his first solo album in 1968, Fly Me to the Moon, which landed him his first major hit, “California Dreamin’.”

His third album, Communication, gave Womack his first Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hit, “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha” in the spring of 1972.

In 1973, Womack has another top 40 hit with “Nobody Wants You When You’re Down and Out,” off of his album Facts of Life.

Womack’s most successful single to date is the 1974 hit “Lookin’ For a Love.”  The song peaked at number 10 on Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the R&B charts.

Throughout Womack’s legendary career, he collaborated with a long roster of notable artists, including Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Sly and the Family Stone, Teena Marie, and Mos Def.  According to Rolling Stone, he was working on a new album at the time of his death that would include contributions by Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, and Rod Stewart.

“My very first thought was — I wish I could call Sam Cooke and share this moment with him,” said Womack when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. “This is just about as exciting to me as being able to see Barack Obama become the first black President of the United States of America!  It proves that, if you’re blessed to be able to wait on what’s important to you, a lot of things will change in life.”

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38 Comment

  1. I loved Bobby Womack –

    “You wear yo hair long. I wear my hair short – talk that talk!”

  2. I just loved this mans music // that's the way I fell about you // got my heart today 2014.

  3. Great Legend. Will always be playing Baby I’m Scared of YOU……..I believe in love everlasting!! Yes.Sir!!

  4. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Bobby Womack many many years ago when he was performing at Cobo Hall in Detroit Michigan. He possessed a rare talent. His voice could melt your heart or pierce your soul. The music world has become a little smaller with this loss. Godspeed Bobby.

  5. Lord knows I loved this man’s music! He defined the words of my life, “a woman’s gotta to have it…don’t take for granted the smile on her face, check a little bit closer, you might find a tear a trace…you gotta make sure that her voice is heard…” The key to any woman’s heart. We will miss you, Bobby, but your music will live in our hearts.

  6. Another sad moment in Black Music history.:(

  7. May he rest in peace…To the family Mr. Womack will live on in the hearts of millions!

  8. I had a pleasure of meeting as well as seeing Mr Womack live in concert in Mobile, Al a month a go. Rest in peace Mr Womack.

  9. Bobby was one of the greatest. If you was never in love, hearing his music will make you fall in love again and again. You will continue making music in Heaven For Christ. R.I.P.

  10. Great singer he'll be missed!!!!

  11. I am sorry to hear of Bobby Womack's death. I was just telling a friend that most of the music I listen to seems to be the music of many of our great soul brothers and sisters that are no longer with us. I'm sorry that he's now added to that list. I really loved his music. The world has lost another great one.

  12. I have loved, loved, loved the music Bobby Womack made since I began listening in the 1970’s. I saw him perform in Cleveland, Ohio sometime in the early ’90’s. He is gone, but will never be forgotten and the music lives on. Thank you Bobby. You came, did what you were blessed to do and you have gone on.

  13. RIP–God bless u

  14. If you think you're lonely now… RIPBW!

  15. Thank you Mr. Womack.

    My favorite – If you think you’re lonely now.

    Rest in Peace.

  16. I love, love love this man's music. His tunes 'took me home', kept me connected and made me whole again when I was studying in predominantly white universities.

  17. A great artist,good man!!!

  18. R.I.P Bobby Womack a true R & B ,Soul ,and ROCK-N-ROLL legend I think its interesting that the author of this article did not say anything about the huge impact he had on The Rolling Stones(the band ) he wrote their first number 1 record It's all over Now 1964.It's All Over Now" is a song written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack.[1] It was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack. The Valentinos version entered the Billboard Hot 100 on June 27, 1964, where it stayed on the chart for two weeks, peaking at number 94. The Rolling Stones had their first number-one hit with this

  19. I do too, I have several of his albums I have to have converted to CD's.

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  21. A Legend In The R&B World Of Music That's The Way Feel About You.

  22. Thanks for your great music sir.

  23. Wow! The last time I talked to Bobby Womack was at the repast of Bobby Blue Bland (6/2013) and in March, 2013 in Bobby Blue Bland dressing room in Atlanta Ga. They both performed in concert that night. Wow.. I took a lot of pictures of him that night. I have nearly all of his albums.. One of my favorite, “Nobody wants you when you’re down and out”!! R.I.P. Bobby…

  24. Some of the best music ever put out there, it always told a story unlike todays trash, I still play it! Wow, I am going to miss you Bobby but may you finally rest in peace with your “bro” Sam.

  25. Gonna miss you Harry the Hippie. Hope you loved Jesus
    Christ. For some reason I wished Bobby Womack and
    Bobby Brown could have collaborated on a project together.

  26. I bet you don't remember going to a Womack show with me in San Francisco years ago. Some of his songs are on my list of all time favorites.

  27. Bobby Womack’s presence on this earth and the boundless joy that he brought to so many souls with his magneficent talent is yet another testament to the angels that the creator sends to sooth the spirit of an oppressed people.

  28. 110th street! RIP baby boy!!!

  29. A woman’s got to have it, she’s got to know that she’s needed around. When you kiss her, you got to make her feel it!! I really love Bobby music. I got an opportunity to see him in concert several years ago. Man, he was awesome. My prayers are with his family at this time.

  30. Was so shocked to learn of Mr. Womack’s Death. He was an Amazing Artist. sooooo Many Beautiful songs that will just Remind you of this thing called “LIFE” i can’t name just one song… They all we’re my Favs. The one that i will continue to play over and over again is… Stop On By!!! Is it the Material things that he’s giving, HEY! can you truly say that your happy Living. I Love it. May the Lord Rest his soul in perfect Peace.

  31. He will be missed. I for one can say that I have earned a few dollars singing, thanks to Mr. Bobby Womack. Hits such as "nobody loves you when you down and out", "if you think you lonely now", "Harry Hippee". "I wish or American Dream", and many many more!!! Thank you sir!!!

  32. My favorite was Harry Hippy

  33. Man, I remember his music from the time I was a child growing up in the South.This is a legend that the world will never get again.R.I.P Mr.Bobby Womack, you would be missed dearly.

  34. I WOULD STAY UP LATE AT NIGHT TO LISTEN TO MR. WOMACK’S MUSIC. I LOVE TO HEAR HIM TELL THE STORY OF HOW HE WAS CHEATED OUT OF SO MUCH MONEY BY THE RECORD COMPANY. THATS A SAD REALITY OF SO MANY FAMOUS BLACK STARS. THE WORLD HAS LOST ANOTHER GREAT VOICE.R.I.P. MR WOMACK

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