March 4, 1944 - June 27, 2014

The legendary singer and songwriter Bobby Womack has died after a lengthy series of illnesses at the age of 70.  There had been false rumors of his death for a week on the internet but it appears that Mr. Womack died this morning.

Womack became principally a writer and guitarist for an A-list of 60s Soul and Rock stars, including Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones, Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin and others. Interestingly, while he had established himself as a top notch songwriter, it took a 1968 cover of the pop standard “Fly Me to the Moon” to jump start his solo career, hitting the Soul Top 20. Over the next 4 years, he alternated original compositions (“What Is This,” “More Than I Can Stand”) and pop covers (“I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” “Sweet Caroline”) to stay a middling Soul charter. However, from 1972-76, a series of his own excellent compositions propelled him to the top of the Soul charts. Songs like “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “Harry Hippie,” “Check It Out” and “Daylight” provided a Southern soulfulness that more resembled the gritty Memphis and Alabama sounds of Aretha and Sam and Dave than the silky sounds emanating from Detroit and Philadelphia.


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