Celebrated singer-songwriter and guitarist Bobby Womack, who’s worked in the styles of soul, gospel, R&B and rock music over the course of a 60-year long career, had passed away.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Womack was the founding member of the Valentinos (earlier known as the Womack Brothers), an R&B family group discovered by Sam Cooke and signed to his SAR Records label. The Valentinos scored major hits in the 1960s with “Looking for a Love” and “It’s All Over Now”.
Following the dissolution of the band, Womack had enjoyed a vibrant career both as a solo artist and collaborator, contributing his songwriting, vocals, and guitar skills to the music of such notable artists as Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Sly Stone, Patti LeBelle, and many others. The musician was slated to release his twenty-eighth effort, The Best Is Yet to Come, later this year via XL Recordings.
Womack was a colon cancer survivor, having overcome the disease in 2012. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year; the cause of his passing is yet to be revealed.
Listen to some of Womack’s best (and best known) songs below: