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Bobby Womack

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Bobby Womack

American singer-songwriter and musician add

Category: Music

Born in 1944.

Countries: United States (68%), United Kingdom (18%), Turkey (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Sam Cooke, California, Wilson Pickett

Linked to: Gorillaz, Bauer Media Group, Activision, Facebook




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Bobby Womack was born in 1944 add something


In 1954, the group under the moniker "'Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers"', the group issued the Pennant single, "Buffalo Bill" add something


Sam Cooke discovered the group performing while he was still in the Soul Stirrers in 1956 and began mentoring the boys, promising them that he would help with their careers once he established himself add something


An active recording artist since the early 1960s where he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist, Womack's career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country add something


Womack said he began using cocaine sometime in the late 1960s add something


Chips Moman - As a record producer, Moman is known for recording Elvis Presley, Bobby Womack, Carla Thomas, and Merrilee Rush, as well as guiding the career of the Box Tops in Memphis, Tennessee during the 1960s


The group's next hit came in 1964 with the country-tinged "It's All Over Now", co-composed by Bobby add something


In March 1965, just three months after Sam Cooke's death, Womack created scandal by marrying Cooke's widow, Barbara Campbell add something


By 1966, Womack had settled on session work add something


Mary Wells - In 1966, Wells married singer-songwriter Cecil Womack, formerly of The Valentinos and the younger brother of musician Bobby Womack


Wilson Pickett - Towards the end of 1967, Pickett began recording at American Studios in Memphis with producers Tom Dowd and Tommy Cogbill, and began recording numerous songs by Bobby Womack


In 1968, he signed with Minit Records and recorded his first solo album, "Fly Me to the Moon", where he scored his first major hit with a cover of The Mamas & The Papas' "California Dreamin'" add something


Womack's 1968 cover of "California Dreamin'" featured prominently in 2009 British film "Fish Tank" by Andrea Arnold, where the main character Mia dances to it and uses it as her audition piece add something


In 1969, Womack forged a partnership with Gábor Szabó and with Szabó, penned the instrumental, "Breezin'", later a hit for George Benson add something


His cocaine use turned into an addiction by the late 1970s add something


Womack languished with his own recordings during the late 1970s but continued to be a frequent collaborator with other artists, most notably Wilton Felder of The Crusaders add something


Womack was one of the last people to speak to Joplin before her death in October 1970 add something


Film director Quentin Tarantino used "Across 110th Street" in the opening and closing sequences of his 1997 film "Jackie Brown" add something


Following "Communication", Womack's profile was raised with two more albums, released in 1972 add something


The album bolstered his first top 40 hit, "That's the Way I Feel About Cha", which peaked at number two R&B and number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1972 add something


The title track became popular during its initial 1972 release and later would be played during the opening scene of the film, "Jackie Brown", years later add something


Vincent Womack was featured alongside his father on the cover of Bobby's 1972 album, "Understanding" add something


In 1973, Womack released another hit album, "Facts of Life", and had a top 40 hit with "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out", an older song Sam Cooke had done years before add something


In 1974, Womack released his most successful single during this period with a remake of his first hit single, "Lookin' for a Love" add something


Aretha Franklin - The album that featured the song, "Let Me in Your Life", was released later that year and nearly went gold featuring her hit covers of Wilson Pickett's and Bobby Womack's "I'm in Love" and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" in 1974


In 1975, Womack collaborated with Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood, on Wood's second solo album, "Now Look" add something


Womack continued to record albums with United Artists through 1975 and 1976 but with less success than previous albums add something


Womack partially blamed his habit for his son Truth's death as an infant in 1976 add something


As a singer he is most notable for the hits "Lookin' For a Love", "That's The Way I Feel About Cha", "Woman's Gotta Have It", "Harry Hippie", "Across 110th Street" and his 1980s hit "If You Think You're Lonely Now" add something


At the end of the 1980s, Womack went into a rehab facility to get over his cocaine addiction, which he said he conquered add something


He had two more R&B top ten singles during the 1980s including the Patti LaBelle duet, "Love Has Finally Come at Last" and "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much" add something


In 1981, Womack signed with Beverly Glen Records and had his first R&B top ten single in five years since the 1976 single Daylight with "If You Think You're Lonely Now", which peaked at number three on the R&B singles chart add something


Sly and the Family Stone - Overcome by drug addictions, Sly Stone disappeared from the limelight and entered drug rehabilitation in 1984, at the insistence of his old friend Bobby Womack


Sly Stone - Stone managed to do a short tour with Bobby Womack in the summer of 1984, and he continued to make sporadic appearances on compilations and other artists' records


Womack's solo career started to slow down, however, after 1985, partially due to Womack's issues with drug addiction add something


Wilton Felder - UK Albums Chart - His solo album, "Secrets", which prominently featured Bobby Womack on vocals, reached No. 77 in the UK Albums Chart in 1985


With Barbara Campbell-Cooke, Womack had a son, Vincent, who committed suicide in 1986 at the age of 21 add something


In 1989, Womack sang on Todd Rundgren's "For the Want of a Nail" on the album Nearly Human add something


Womack had two boys from a 1990s relationship named Cory and Jordan add something


Leon Ware - For the rest of the 70's into the 1990s, Ware would continue writing songs for others such as Teena Marie, Jeffrey Osborne, Loose Ends, James Ingram, Melissa Manchester, Bobby Womack and Lulu


Sly Stone - In 1991, he appeared on a cover of "Thank You " performed by the Japanese band 13CATS, and shared lead vocals with Bobby Womack on "When the Weekend Comes" from Womack's 1993 album "I Still Love You"


Jodeci's K-Ci Hailey, a notable admirer of Womack's work, covered "If You Think You're Lonely Now" in 1994 add something


On the 1994 release 1-800-NEW-FUNK, Nona Gaye covered "Woman's Gotta Have It," produced by Prince and backed by his band, New Power Generation add something


Rustee Allen - Since 1994, Allen has played bass for Bobby Womack


During the spring of 1997, R&B singer Rome covered the original song from his self-titled debut album add something


The song was covered by the late R&B musician Gerald Levert and fellow singer Mary J. Blige from Levert's 1998 album "Love & Consequences" add something


A 2003 Saab commercial used Womack's interpretation of "California Dreamin'" add something


The song is referenced in Mariah Carey's song "We Belong Together", a number-one hit in June 2005 add something


Hailey again covered Womack in 2006 with his rendition of "A Woman's Gotta Have It" add something


'" In 2007, R&B singer Jaheim interpolated the song as "Lonely" on his album "The Making of a Man" add something


In 2008, Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child recorded her own version of his R&B hit "Daylight" with Travis McCoy of the Gym Class Heroes, which became a hit in the UK Singles Chart, where it was previously released as a single by Womack in 1976 add something


In 2009, Calvin Richardson was chosen to record a tribute album to Womack to coincide with Womack's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


In 2009, Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


In 2010, Womack contributed lyrics and sang on "Stylo" alongside Mos Def, the first single from the third Gorillaz album, "Plastic Beach" add something


He provides vocals on the song "Cloud of Unknowing" in addition to the song "Bobby in Phoenix" on their December 2010 release "The Fall" add something


Gorillaz - The first single from the album, "Stylo", featuring Bobby Womack and Mos Def was made available for download 26 January 2010


In early 2012, Womack entered several hospitals with health problems including pneumonia, for which he was successfully treated add something


In early 2012, Womack's career was the subject of the documentary show "Unsung" on TV One add something


The first Song "Please Forgive My Heart" was offered as a free download on XL Recordings' official website on March 8, 2012 add something


On May 24, 2012, it was announced that Womack's surgery to remove a tumor from his colon was successful and he was declared cancer free add something


A new album was released on June 12, 2012 by XL Recordings of London add something


Damon Albarn - Albarn produced soul singer Bobby Womack's third album The Bravest Man In The Universe, released in 2012


On January 1, 2013 Womack admitted that he has struggled to remember his songs and other people's names, leading doctors to suggest that he is in early stages of Alzheimer's disease add something


Bobby Womack died on June 27, 2014 at age 70 add something


On June 25, 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed Bobby Womack among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire add something


Martin Freeman - In 2019 a follow-up album to "Jazz on the Corner" was announced, entitled "Soul on the Corner" featuring tracks by artists such as Leroy Hutson and Bobby Womack