We’ve lost a legend whose work I had not completely learned to appreciate because I did not know all his connexions to my culture.
Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack has died, according to his label, XL Recordings. He was 70 years old.
Born March 4th, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, Womack grew up in an devoutly religious family: his father was a Baptist minster and his mother was the church’s resident organ player. After buying his first guitar in 1954, a 10-year-old Womack joined forces with his brother Curtis to form the Womack Brothers, and the siblings toured the gospel circuit throughout much of the 1950s.
In 1956, singing legend Sam Cooke discovered the brothers, urging them to change their name to The Valentinos and to move toward a more soul-influenced. Over the next decade, The Valentinos scored a handful of hits, including “Lookin’ for a Love” and the Bobby…
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