Soul Legend Bobby Womack Passes Away
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.27.2014
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was seventy...
THR reports that Bobby Womack passed away this morning at the age of seventy. Womack had been battling colon cancer and diabetes at the time of his passing, though the exact cause of death isn't yet known.
Womack's career began as a part of Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers, who released a few gospel singles before changing their name to the Valentinos when Womack was ten. They released the song "It's All Over Now" in 1964 and a month later the Rolling Stones covered it, which became a big hit for the rock group.
Womack left the group in 1965 after Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles hotel in December of the previous year. He became a session musician and played on songs by Joe Tex, Aretha Franklin and the Box Tops. Wilson Pickett recording two songs he wrote, "I'm a Midnight Mover" and "I'm in Love." Anong other songs he wrote are Janis Joplin's "Trust Me," and George Benson's "Breezin'."
Womack released his debut solo album Fly Me to the Moon in 1968 and got a big hit with his cover of "California Dreamin'." More albums followed, and his career got a boost in 1981 with his first top 10 R&B single, "If You Think You're Lonely Now" off the album The Poet. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Womack.