Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack died on Friday June 27, 2014 at age 70
“I am sadly able to confirm but I have no details at this time,” said Sonya Kolowrat, his publicist with XL Recordings.
The past six decades during his “solo” career his raspy, gruff voice were behind some of the most soulful songs recorded “That’s the Way I feel About Cha,” “Across 110th Street,” “Harry Hippe,” “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” & “I Wish He Didn’t trust Me So Much.”
In 1964 he wrote The Rolling Stones’ first U.S. No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now.” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
Born Bobby Dwayne Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1944. By age 10, Womack and his four brothers — Friendly Jr., Cecil, Harry and Curtis — formed The Womack Brothers. They started touring the gospel circuit and in 1953 The Womack Brothers met Soul Stirrers lead singer Sam Cooke.
Cooke changed their name to the Valentinos and signed them to his SAR Records label, and the Valentinos’ success took off with the hit “Lookin’ for a Love.” But in 1964, Cooke was shot to death at a Los Angeles motel. Four months later, Womack married Cooke’s widow which caused much controversy with the “Cooke” family.
He broke off into a solo career, which took off in 1967 with his first song “Trust Me.”
His song “Across 110th Street” became a hit in 1972 and rode a new wave of popularity in 1997 when it was featured in the opening credits of Quentin Tarantino’s film “Jackie Brown.”
Womack started using cocaine sometime in the late 1960s. His cocaine use turned into an addiction by the late 1970s. Womack partially blamed his habit for his son Truth’s death as an infant in 1976. At the end of the 1980s, Womack went into a rehabilitation facility to get over his cocaine addiction, which he said he conquered. Womack developed diabetes in his later years. In early 2012, Womack entered several hospitals with health problems including pneumonia, for which he was successfully treated and colon cancer after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his colon he was declared cancer free. On January 1, 2013, Womack revealed he had early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Bobby Womack’s last studio album “The Bravest Man In the World” was released on June 12, 2012 by XL Recordings of London In an interview with Uncut, Womack revealed that the followup album would be called “The Best Is Yet To Come” released date unknown.
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