Bobby Womack Dies Aged 70

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Bobby Womack Dies

Cause Of Death Of Soul Legend Is Currently Unknown

Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack has died.

Rolling Stone confirmed the singer’s death yesterday through a representative from Womack’s label XL Recordings. Currently the cause of death is unknown.

Womack was born and raised in Cleveland to Naomi and Friendly Womack. He was the third of five brothers. Friendly was shocked by young Bobby’s talents when he heard him play guitar. He decided to form a band consisting of the brothers called Curtis Womack And The Womack Brothers. Sam Cooke discovered the band in 1956 when he was still in the soul stirrers. He signed the quintet to his record label SAR Records. Cooke produced and arranged their hit single, “Looking For Love” after they renamed themselves The Valentinos. After Sam Cooke was shot and killed in Los Angeles in 1964, the group broke up and SAR Records folded.

Bobby Womack decided to go solo and became notable for the hits “Lookin’ For Love”, “Across 110th Street” and “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”. His greatest successes were in the 1970s and 1980s. His career began to slow down in the mid 80s due to Womack’s issues with drug addiction. He managed to kick the drugs eventually and celebrated by released in album Resurrection.

In recent years, Womack had enjoyed an increasingly high profile. He contributed vocals to “Stylo”, the first single from Gorillaz third album Plastic Beach and in turn Damon Albarn, along with Richard Russell, produced Womack’s final completed album The Bravest Man On Earth. It was his first album of original material since 1994 and was both critically and commercially successful upon it’s release.

At the time of his death, Womack had been working on a new album called The Best Is Yet To Come. He is survived by his second son Bobby Truth and a daughter, Gina, both from his marriage to Regina; and by two sons, Cory and Jordan, from a relationship with Jody Laba, Cory and Jordan.

Watch his entire performance at Glastonbury 2013 below: