He was one of the greatest performers of the soul and all American music in the 20th century. Bobby Womack died six years ago at the age of 70. Womack was diagnosed with the disease of Alzheimer years before and said goodbye to his fans four months after his 70th birthday. The singer, composer, and producer released his last album “The Bravest Man In The Universe” in 2012. A collaboration with the Gorillaz on their album “Plastic Beach” inspired Bobby Womack to write new songs. The well-known singer Damon Albarn brought Bobby Womack back into the music scene and his last work became his legacy.
Jagger & Richards Discovered Him
His talent was predetermined. His father Robert Dwayne Womack was a musician and noticed the enthusiasm of his son for art and music. They released records as teenagers under the name Womack Brothers. At the time, the mediation of this deal was carried out by another soul legend Sam Cooke. He renamed the band The Valentinos, and with the song “It’s All Over Now” they celebrated the first little success. That should change dramatically, but because two English musicians discovered the number and bought Womack’s rights to it. Together with their band, they recorded everything once again. “It’s All Over Now” became a big hit, and the two mentioned musicians were Mick Jagger and Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. These two persons are responsible for making the song one of the immortal hymns of rock. Bobby Womack was initially angry about the success of the Rolling Stones. That changed abruptly when the first royalties arrived.
His Mentor was Sam Cooke
Bobby Womack soon found himself in the prime, but that had little to do with music. His mentor Sam Cooke was shot, and Bobby immediately married his widow. As if that wasn’t enough, his brother Cecil Womack also married the daughter of Sam Cooke. That was too much for the prudish America of that time. Nevertheless, the two Womacks later made careers in the music scene themselves under the name Womack&Womack. The career of Bobby Womack did not detract from the headlines and he released many great hits. He worked with other stars such as Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin and even left his footprints in movies.
Quentin Tarantino Helped Him Make His First Comeback
His soundtrack for American action crime film directed by Barry Shear “Across 110the Street” was a great success. Twenty-five years after the premiere of this movie, Quentin Tarantino used the soundtrack for his new movie “Jackie Brown”, as a result, Bobby Womack was introduced to a younger generation. But at that point, his career was already down. Drawn by illnesses and his drug addiction, the soul star was only a shadow of himself. He had previously recorded his last album in 1994. After that, his musical career was over. It was Damon Albarn who rediscovered him and inspired Womack to make a comeback for the last time.