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Bobby Womack Dies At 70

Legendary Soul Singer's Influential Career Spans Nearly Seven Decades

Jun 28, 2014 Bobby Womack
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Yesterday, the sad news broke that the iconic songwriter and R&B singer Bobby Womack died. The cause of death is still unknown. He was 70.

Womack’s music career began when he was a child, performing gospel music with his brothers in the 1950’s. Before long, he was discovered by the legendary Sam Cooke, who served as Womack’s mentor until he was killed in 1964. Womack and his brothers, performing under the name The Valentinos, had several hits on their own and even more as songwriters. The Womack-penned “It’s All Over Now” was a major hit for The Rolling Stones in 1964.

Shortly after Cooke’s death, Womack married his widow Barbara Cooke. The controversy partially led to his decision to break off as a solo act, where he continued to have success and influence over the years. In 2012, he released The Bravest Man In The Universe, produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell.

After a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in 2012, Womack announced last year that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Over his lifetime, Womack suffered a myriad of health issues and drug addiction, but spent the last several years working on new material for the first time in nearly twenty years. A new album, The Best Is Yet To Come, is still expected to be released this year.

Watch an amazing performance of “Please Forgive My Heart” from The Bravest Man In The Universe below.


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