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Bobby Womack

A veteran who paid his dues for over a decade before getting his shot at solo stardom, Bobby Womack persevered through tragedy and addiction to emerge as one of soul music's great survivors. Able to shine in the spotlight as a singer or behind the scenes as an instrumentalist and songwriter, Womack never got his due from pop audiences, but during the late '60s and much of the '70s, he was a consistent hitmaker on the R&B charts, with a high standard of quality control. His records were quintessential soul, with a bag of tricks learned from the likes of Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, and Sly Stone, all of whom Womack worked closely with at one time or another. Yet often, they also bore the stamp of Womack's own idiosyncratic personality, whether through a lengthy spoken philosophical monologue or a radical reinterpretation of a pop standard. An underrated guitarist, Womack helped pioneer a lean, minimalist approach similar to that of Curtis Mayfield, and was an early influence on the young Jimi Hendrix. Additionally, his songs have been recorded by numerous artists in the realms of both R&B and rock, and the best of them rank as all-time classics.

Bobby Dwayne Womack was born in Cleveland on March 4, 1944. His upbringing was strict and religious, but his father Friendly also encouraged his sons to pursue music as he had (he sang and played guitar in a gospel group). In the early '50s, while still a child, Bobby joined his siblings Cecil, Curtis, Harry, and Friendly Jr. to form the gospel quintet the Womack Brothers. They were chosen to open a local show for the Soul Stirrers in 1953, where Bobby befriended lead singer Sam Cooke; following this break, they toured the country as an opening act for numerous gospel groups. When Cooke formed his own SAR label, he recruited the Womack Brothers with an eye toward transforming them into a crossover R&B act. Learning that his sons were moving into secular music, Friendly Womack threw them out of the house, and Cooke wired them the money to buy a car and drive out to his Los Angeles offices. The Womack Brothers made several recordings for SAR over 1960 and 1961, including a few gospel sides, but Cooke soon convinced them to record R&B and renamed them the Valentinos. In 1962, they scored a Top Ten hit on the R&B charts with "Lookin' for a Love," and Cooke sent them on the road behind James Brown to serve a boot-camp-style musical apprenticeship. Bobby eventually joined Cooke's backing band as guitarist. The Valentinos' 1964 single "It's All Over Now," written by Bobby, was quickly covered by the Rolling Stones with Cooke's blessing; when it became the Stones' first U.K. number one, Womack suddenly found himself a rich man.

Cooke's tragic death in December 1964 left Womack greatly shaken and the Valentinos' career in limbo. Just three months later, Womack married Cooke's widow, Barbara Campbell, which earned him tremendous ill will in the R&B community; many viewed him as a shady opportunist looking to cash in on Cooke's legacy, especially since Campbell was significantly older than Womack. According to Womack, he was initially motivated to look after Campbell in an unstable time, not to tarnish the memory of a beloved mentor. Regardless, Womack found himself unable to get his solo career rolling in the wake of the scandal; singles for Chess ("I Found a True Love") and Him ("Nothing You Can Do") were avoided like the plague despite their quality. The Valentinos cut a couple of singles for Chess in 1966, "What About Me" and "Sweeter Than the Day Before," which also failed to make much of a splash. To make ends meet, Womack became a backing guitarist, first landing a job with Ray Charles; he went on to make a valuable connection in producer Chips Moman, and appeared often at Moman's American Studio in Memphis, as well as nearby Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In the process, Womack appeared on classic recordings by the likes of Joe Tex, King Curtis, and Aretha Franklin (Lady Soul), among others. He recorded singles for Keymen and Atlantic without success, but became one of Wilson Pickett's favorite songwriters, contributing the R&B Top Ten hits "I'm in Love" and "I'm a Midnight Mover" (plus 15 other tunes) to the singer's repertoire.

Womack had been slated to record a solo album for Minit, but had given Pickett most of his best material, which actually wound up getting his name back in the public eye in a positive light. In 1968, he scored the first charting single of his solo career with "What Is This?" and soon hit with a string of inventively reimagined pop covers -- "Fly Me to the Moon," "California Dreamin'," and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," the former two of which reached the R&B Top 20. A songwriting partnership with engineer Darryl Carter resulted in the R&B hits "It's Gonna Rain," "How I Miss You Baby," and "More Than I Can Stand" over 1969-1970. A series of label absorptions bumped Womack up to United Artists in 1971, which proved to be the home of his greatest solo success; in the meantime, he contributed the ballad "Trust Me" to Janis Joplin's masterpiece Pearl, and the J. Geils Band revived "Lookin' for a Love" for their first hit. He also teamed up with jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo on the LP High Contrast, which debuted Womack's composition "Breezin'" (which, of course, became a smash for George Benson six years later). Most importantly, however, Womack played guitar on Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On, a masterpiece of darkly psychedelic funk that would have an impact on Womack's own sound and sense of style.

Womack issued his first UA album, Communication, in 1971, which kicked off a string of excellent releases that ran through the first half of the decade. In addition to several of Womack's trademark pop covers, the album also contained the original ballad "That's the Way I Feel About 'Cha," which climbed all the way to number two on the R&B chart and became his long-awaited breakout hit. The 1972 follow-up Understanding spawned Womack's first chart-topper, "Woman's Gotta Have It," co-written with Darryl Carter and stepdaughter Linda (Womack divorced Barbara Campbell in 1970). The follow-up "Harry Hippie," a gently ironic tribute to Womack's brother, also hit the R&B Top Ten. Later that year, Womack scored the blaxploitation flick Across 110th Street; the title cut was later revived in the 1998 Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown. Released in 1973, The Facts of Life had an R&B number two hit in a rearrangement of the perennial "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," and the following year's Lookin' for a Love Again found Womack revisiting his Valentinos hit; the re-recorded "Lookin' for a Love" became his second number one R&B single and his only Top Ten hit on the pop charts. Follow-up single "You're Welcome, Stop on By" made the R&B Top Five.

Womack was by this time a seasoned veteran of the rock & roll lifestyle, having befriended the likes of the Rolling Stones, the late Janis Joplin, and Sly Stone. After his brother Harry was murdered by a jealous girlfriend in 1974 (in Bobby's own apartment), the drug usage began to take a more serious turn. Womack scored further R&B Top Ten hits with 1975's "Check It Out" and 1976's "Daylight," the latter of which seemed to indicate a longing for escape from the nonstop partying that often masked serious depression. Despite Womack's new marriage to Regina Banks, the song was a sign that things were coming to a head. Womack pushed UA into letting him do a full album of country music, something he'd always loved but which the label regarded as commercially inadvisable (especially under the title Womack reportedly wanted to use: Step Aside, Charley Pride, Give Another N**ger a Try). They eventually relented, and when BW Goes C&W met with predictably minimal response, UA palmed the increasingly difficult Womack off on Columbia. A pair of albums there failed to recapture his commercial momentum or reinvent him for the disco age, and he moved to Arista for 1979's Roads of Life, which appeared not long after the sudden death of his infant son.

At a low point in his life, Womack took a bit of time off from music to gather himself. He appeared as a guest vocalist on Jazz Crusader Wilton Felder's 1980 solo album, Inherit the Wind, singing the hit title track, and subsequently signed with black entrepreneur Otis Smith's independent Beverly Glen label. His label debut, 1981's The Poet, was a critically acclaimed left-field hit, rejuvenating his career and producing a number three R&B hit with "If You Think You're Lonely Now." Unfortunately, money disputes soured the relationship between Womack and Smith rather quickly. The Poet II was delayed until 1984, and featured several duets with Patti LaBelle, including another number three R&B hit, "Love Has Finally Come at Last." Beverly Glen released a final LP culled from Womack's previous sessions, Someday We'll All Be Free, in 1985, by which time the singer had already broken free and signed with MCA. Another hit with Wilton Felder, "(No Matter How High I Get) I'll Still Be Looking Up to You," appeared that year, and his label debut, So Many Rivers, produced a Top Five R&B hit in "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much." Released in 1986, Womagic reunited Womack with Chips Moman, and he also backed the Rolling Stones on their remake of "Harlem Shuffle." By the following year he'd christened himself The Last Soul Man, which proved to be his final recording for MCA.

In the following years, Womack made high-profile returns to the music business only sporadically. Released in 1994, Resurrection was recorded for Ron Wood's Slide label and featured an array of guest stars including Wood, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, and Stevie Wonder. In 1999, he fulfilled a longstanding promise to his father (who passed away in 1981) by delivering his first-ever gospel album, Back to My Roots. While he continued to perform throughout the following decade, his guest appearance on the 2010 Gorillaz album Plastic Beach seemed like a return. A couple years later, after being the subject of TV One's Unsung documentary series, he released The Bravest Man in the Universe, a collaboration with the XL label's Richard Russell and Gorillaz's Damon Albarn. However, Womack had experienced a number of health challenges in his latter years, and he died in June 2014 at the age of 70. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography


Track List: It's Party Time : The 70s Collection

2. Trust Your Heart

3. Stop Before We Start (Duet with Candi Staton)

7. When Love Begins Friendship Ends

8. Never Let Nothing Get the Best of You

9. Caught up in the Middle

10. Is This the Thanks I Get

14. It's Party Time


Track List: Roads of Life

1. The Roads of Life

2. How Could You Break My Heart

3. Honey Dripper Boogie

4. The Roots in Me

5. What Are You Doin'

6. Give It Up

7. Mr. D.J. Don't Stop the Music

8. I Honestly Love You


Track List: The Bravest Man In The Universe

1. The Bravest Man In The Universe

2. Please Forgive My Heart

3. Deep River

4. Dayglo Reflection

5. Whatever Happened To The Times?

6. Stupid Introlude

7. Stupid

8. If There Wasn't Something There

9. Love Is Gonna Lift You Up

10. Nothin' Can Save Ya

11. Jubilee (Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around)

12. Please Forgive My Heart (Funk Version)


Track List: My Prescription

1. How I Miss You Baby

2. More Than I Can Stand

3. It's Gonna Rain

4. Everyone's Gone To The Moon

5. I Can't Take It Like A Man

6. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

7. Arkansas State Prison

8. I'm Gonna Forget About You

9. Don't Look Back

10. Tried And Convicted

11. Thank You


Track List: Lookin' For Love Again

1. Lookin' For A Love

2. I Don't Wanna Be Hurt By Ya Love Again

3. Doing It My Way

4. Let It Hang Out

5. Point Of No Return

6. You're Welcome, Stop On By

7. You're Messing Up A Good Thing

8. Don't Let Me Down

9. Copper Kettle

10. There's One Thing That Beats Failing


Track List: B.W. Goes C.W.

1. Don't Make This The Last Date For You And Me

2. Behind Closed Doors

3. Bouquet Of Roses

4. Tired Of Living In The Country

6. Big Bayou

7. Song Of The Mockingbird

8. I'd Be Ahead If I Could Quit While I'm Behind

9. You

10. I Take It On Home


Track List: I Don't Know What The World Is Coming To

1. Interlude #1/I Don't Know (Medley)

2. Superstar

3. (If You Want My Love) Put Something Down On It

4. Git It

5. What's Your World

6. Check It Out

7. Interlude #2

8. Jealous Love

10. Yes, Jesus Loves Me


Track List: The Best Of Bobby Womack

1. Across 110th Street

2. Woman's Gotta Have It

3. I'm A Midnight Mover

4. That's The Way I Feel About Cha

5. You're Welcome, Stop On By

6. Lookin' For A Love

7. I'm In Love

8. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

9. Communication

10. Fact Of Life/He'll Be There When The Sun Goes Down

11. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)

12. Harry Hippie

13. I Can Understand It

14. The Preacher/More Than I Can Stand

15. I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You

16. It's All Over Now

17. California Dreamin'

18. How I Miss You Baby

19. Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out

20. Daylight

21. Check It Out

22. Fire And Rain


Track List: Fly Me To The Moon / My Prescription

1. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)

2. Baby! You Oughta Think It Over

3. I'm A Midnight Mover

4. What Is This

5. Somebody Special

6. Take Me

7. Moonlight In Vermont

8. Love, The Time Is Now

9. I'm In Love

10. California Dreamin'

11. No Money In My Pocket

12. Lillie Mae

13. How I Miss You Baby

14. More Than I Can Stand

15. It's Gonna Rain

16. Everyone's Gone To The Moon

17. I Can't Take It Like A Man

19. Arkansas State Prison

20. I'm Gonna Forget About You

21. Don't Look Back

22. Tried And Convicted

23. Thank You


Track List: Only Survivor: The MCA Years

1. I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much

2. I Wanna Make Love To You

3. That's Where It's At

5. Let Me Kiss It Where It Hurts

6. A Woman Likes To Hear That

7. So Many Rivers

8. A World Where No One Cries

9. Living In A Box (Radio Version)

10. I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else

11. When The Weekend Comes

12. Only Survivor


Track List: Womagic

1. I Wanna Make Love To You

2. When The Weekend Comes

3. The Things We Do (When We're Lonely)

4. I Can't Stay Mad

5. Can'tcha Hear The Children Calling

6. Outside Myself

7. I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else

8. More Than Love

9. It Ain't Me


Track List: So Many Rivers

1. I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much

2. So Baby, Don't Leave Home Without It

3. So Many Rivers

4. Got To Be With You Tonight

5. Gypsy Woman

6. Whatever Happened To The Times?

7. Let Me Kiss It Where It Hurts

8. Only Survivor

9. That's Where It's At

10. Check It Out

11. Whatever Happened To The Times? (Extended Mix)


Track List: Someday We'll All Be Free

1. I'm So Proud

2. Someday We'll All Be Free

3. Gifted One

4. Falling In Love Again

5. Searching For My Love

6. In Over My Heart

7. I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To


Track List: The Poet II

1. Love Has Finally Come At Last (feat. Patti Labelle)

2. It Takes A Lot Of Strength To Say Goodbye (feat. Patti Labelle)

3. Through The Eyes Of A Child (feat. Patti Labelle)

4. Surprise, Surprise

5. Tryin' To Get Over You

6. Tell Me Why

7. Who's Foolin' Who

8. I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To

9. American Dream


Track List: The Poet

1. So Many Sides Of You

2. Lay Your Lovin' On Me

3. Secrets

4. Just My Imagination

5. Stand Up

6. Games

7. If You Think You're Lonely

8. Where Do We Go From Here


Track List: Pieces

1. It's Party Time

2. Trust Your Heart

4. When Love Begins Friendship Ends

5. Wind It Up

6. Is This The Thanks I Get

7. Caught Up In The Middle

8. Never Let Nothing Get The Best Of You


Track List: Across 110th Street


Track List: Understanding

1. I Can Understand It

2. Woman's Gotta Have It

3. And I Love Her

4. Got To Get You Back

5. Simple Man

6. Ruby Dean

7. Thing Called Love

8. Sweet Caroline

9. Harry Hippie


Track List: Communication

1. Communication

2. Come L'amore

3. Fire And Rain

4. Give It Back

5. Close To You

6. Everything Is Beautiful

7. That's The Way I Feel About Cha

8. Yield Not To Temptation


Track List: Love Is Gonna Lift You Up (Remixes)

1. Love Is Gonna Lift You Up (Julio Bashmore Remix)

2. Love Is Gonna Lift You Up (Exemen Remix)


Track List: Please Forgive My Heart (Single)

1. Please Forgive My Heart


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REAL music!
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His music helps me get thru those tough times in life.
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Bring. Back a lot of memories
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david cooper love this music
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For grown folk only
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If you think your lonely now you just wait until tonight.
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I grew up listing to this Mack. When i here him it brings back a flood of cherished memories. Straight rock no chaser baby
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This was my mother's song, boy so I miss her.
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My fave by Bobby ty rip sir
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Love you Bobby
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Bobby had so much love in his heart and soul!! Just hear his songs!¡!

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Want. To hear heard Backstreet Love Affair by Johnnie Taylor
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I love when Bobby Womack sings Harry Hippie!
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Love this song
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When it's cold outside, who are u holding? ❤❤❤
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What a beautiful tune ! This one takes you way back !
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Sounds like a threat to me, Yea she gone wait alright, wait till you leave and let sport coat in while you hanging. Never threat a woman.
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Bobby wommack i love hrs song
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Now that's what I'm talking about best music baby
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I love your music bobby a tru legend he was
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All the song is a great I love

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True soul music! "Think it over"
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Yes old school I love sing it Bobby!!!
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If u think u lonely now! some Bobby Womack My angel Andrea wore this cassette out until u couldn't hear no more music on it lol
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On my list of legendary Hall of Soul Fame. Music that moves the "world" believe that!
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I love Bobby War mack for decades, love is soulful music. ...
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Hi, Down The out
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I'm lookin for a mam
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I been lonely since you left me eight months ago on Nov nineth baby!!!!@TIL L t h e n m y l o v e
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The man and his music forever.
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Omg this just makes me happy my soul is happy
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One of the best to ever do it
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This man was so TALENTED!!!
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It turely makes me think back to when i was a kid in Chicago watching my mother take care of 6 children all by herself RIP Moma now I'm crying Love you and miss you so much Pearl B. Laughlin
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This my song
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Love this music Sharon from Va
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I love me some Bobby Womack his music touches my soul. A top entertainer !!!
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No one did it better!
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Real Music !!!!! I Love me some Bobby Womack !!!����
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Bobby was the Man
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Bobby is The Real! Wait until tonight.....
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Beautiful, Song
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No Body Wants You When Your Down And true
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Love this song,the words to this song are so meaningfully ! ! ! !
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