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Bobby Womack: Legendary Soul Singer Dies At 70

Fri, June 27, 2014 9:43pm EDT by 9 Comments
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We have sad news to report. Bobby Womack, a legendary soul singer who wrote and recorded major hits like ‘Lookin For A Love,’ passed away on June 27. The singer was 70 years old.

Bobby Womack, a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist whose career spanned more than 50 years, has died, according to a spokeswoman for his record label, XL Recordings. What a sad loss for the music world.

Bobby Womack Dead — Soul Singer Dies At 70

The emotional, funky, soulful singer has died, but the music legend’s cause of death has not been confirmed at this time, according to Variety.

Bobby is famous for his solo career — he filled airwaves with hits like “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It” and “Across 110th Street.” Throughout his long career, Bobby also played on sessions with fellow legends like Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.

Bobby was famous for infusing gospel, doo-wop and even country sounds into his soulful music. He got his musical start by playing instruments with his brothers!

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, both of Bobby’s parents were musicians. He started his career alongside his siblings Curtis, Harry, Cecil and Friendly Jr. — they started a band called Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers! The brothers toured with the band the Soul Stirrers — and that group’s lead singer, Sam Cooke, signed Bobby and his bros. Under Sam, Bobby and his brothers went from gospel singers to soul rockers — and changed their name to The Valentinos. As The Valentinos, Bobby and his brothers wrote and recorded the song “It’s All Over Now.” The Rolling Stones did their own version of the song soon after and it went to the top of the charts in the UK!  

The Valentinos eventually disbanded and Bobby became a solo act. Later in his life, Bobby was ailed by illnesses like colon cancer, early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia, according to Rolling StoneHe was declared cancer free two years ago.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobby’s family and friends. Leave your well wishes for Bobby’s loved ones in the comments below.

— Megan Ross

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