|Birth name||Robert Dwayne Womack|
|Born||March 4, 1944|
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
|Died||June 27, 2014 (aged 70)|
Tarzana, California, United States
|Genres||Gospel, R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, funk, deep soul, soul blues, country soul, rock, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, producer, instrumentalist, sideman|
Pennant, SAR, Him, Checker, United Artists, Minit, Beverly Glen Music, The Right Stuff, Solar, MCA, Columbia, Castle, Indigo Records
Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack (/ˈwoʊmæk/; March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014) was an American singer-songwriter and musician.
Early life[change | change source]
Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the third of five brothers. His younger brothers were musicians Cecil (1947-2013) and Harry (1945-1974).
Career[change | change source]
Womack's styles of music included: R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country. He worte and recorded The Rolling Stones' first UK No. 1 hit, "It's All Over Now". 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 "You Think You're Lonely Now". He was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
Family and personal life[change | change source]
In 1965, Womack married Sam Cooke's widow Barbara Campbell. The couple had a son who committed suicide in 1988. The couple divorced in 1976 after she shot at Womack after finding out he had an affair with her daughter. Womack had a son and daughter by his third wife. He had two sons by another woman. His brother Cecil married Linda Womack, the daughter of Sam Cooke and Barbara Campbell.
Drug abuse, health problems and death[change | change source]
In his memoir I'm a Midnight Mover, he opened up about his drug use and became a cocaine addict in the 1970s. After going to rehab in the late 1980s, he stopped using the drug.
Womack died on June 27, 2014 at the age of 70 in Tarzana, California. The cause of death is not known. He had diabetes, prostate cancer, heart disease, colon cancer, pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ Smirke, Richard (December 9, 2011). "XL's Richard Russell on Adele, Six Grammy Noms, What's Next (Bobby Womack!)". Billboard.biz. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- ↑ "Bobby Womack". Front Row. December 26, 2012. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
- ↑ Talbott, Chris (June 28, 2014). "R&B singer Bobby Womack dies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- ↑ Kot, Greg (June 28, 2014). "Soul poet Bobby Womack dead at 70". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Official website
- Bobby Womack on IMDb
- Bobby Womack interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' August 1994 (republished June 2008)
- Angelfire Biography
- Soul Patrol Biography Archived 2006-02-10 at the Wayback Machine
- Soulwalking website
- 1944 births
- 2014 deaths
- African American musicians
- Country musicians from Ohio
- American funk musicians
- American gospel musicians
- American poets
- American funk singers
- American R&B singers
- American record producers
- American rock guitarists
- American singer-songwriters
- American soul musicians
- Disease-related deaths in the United States
- Musicians from Cleveland
- People with Alzheimer's disease
- People with cancer
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees