Another unfortunate day for music lovers. Today, legendary soul singer Bobby Womack died. He was 70 years old. Cause of death at the moment is unknown, but he was diagnosed with colon cancer and may also have been in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
A back history on Womack is as follows. He bought his first guitar at the age of 10, and joined forces with his brother to form the Womack Brothers. They toured for years before being discovered by Sam Cooke, who suggested they change their name to The Valentinos. Their hits included “Looking For a Love,” and “It’s All Over Now.”
They disbanded shortly after Cooke’s death in ’64, prompting Womack to ride solo and write for big names such as Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, and more. Womack began substance abuse and his career took a hit in the 80’s. In the early 90’s he actively released music and collaborations with other artists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Womack had a big influence on hip hop as well. He was even supposed to appear on Rick Ross’ Mastermind album, under his “Maybach Music” series, but the track was scrapped for unspecified reasons. With the BET Awards airing this Sunday, I’m sure they’ll include a last minute tribute to the soul singer. Enjoy some of his finest times below.