June 27, 2014: Bobby Womack died in sleep, he was 70.
In early 2012, Womack entered several hospitals with health problems including pneumonia, for which he was successfully treated. It was revealed in March that Womack was diagnosed with colon cancer after Bootsy Collins reported it on his Facebook page. Womack announced afterward that he was undergoing cancer surgery.
On May 24, 2012, it was announced that Womack’s surgery to remove a tumor from his colon was successful and he was declared cancer free.
On January 1, 2013, Womack admitted that he has struggled to remember his songs and other people’s names, leading doctors to suggest that he is in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Robert Dwayne “Bobby” Womack was a singer-songwriter and musician.
An active recording artist since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist, Womack’s career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.
Womack wrote and originally recorded The Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now” and New Birth’s “I Can Understand It” among other songs. 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 his 1980s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”.
In 2009, Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
?Jodeci’s K-Ci Hailey, a notable admirer of Womack’s work, covered “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” in 1994. Hailey again covered Womack in 2006 with his rendition of “A Woman’s Gotta Have It”.
?On the 1994 release 1-800-NEW-FUNK, Nona Gaye covered “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” produced by Prince and backed by his band, New Power Generation.
?During the spring of 1997, R&B singer Rome covered the original song from his self-titled debut album.
?Film director Quentin Tarantino used “Across 110th Street” (which, in a different version, had been the title song of the 1972 movie) in the opening and closing sequences of his 1997 film Jackie Brown.
?The song was covered by the late R&B musician Gerald Levert and fellow singer Mary J. Blige from Levert’s 1998 album Love & Consequences.
?His work has been used in several other popular films, including:
~Meet the Parents (2000)
~American Gangster (2007)
?A 2003 Saab commercial used Womack’s interpretation of “California Dreamin'”.
?In 2005, “Across 110th Street” appeared in the hit Activision video game True Crime: New York City. ”
?The song is referenced in Mariah Carey’s song “We Belong Together”, a number-one hit in June 2005. Carey sings “I can’t sleep at night / When you are on my mind / Bobby Womack’s on the radio / Singing to me: ‘If you think you’re lonely now.'”
?In 2007, R&B singer Jaheim interpolated the song as “Lonely” on his album “The Making of a Man”.
?Neo Soul Singer, Calvin Richardson also covered many of Womack’s tunes.
?Across 110th Street” was used in Rockstar Games video game Thug’z Depression: Live Or Die.
?In 2008, Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child recorded her own version of his R&B hit “Daylight” with Travis McCoy of the Gym Class Heroes, which became a hit in the UK Singles Chart, where it was previously released as a single by Womack in 1976.
?In 2009, Calvin Richardson was chosen to record a tribute album to Womack to coincide with Womack’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Grammy-nominated album was entitled Facts of Life: The Soul of Bobby Womack. It reached No. 30 on the US R&B chart.
?In early 2012, Womack’s career was the subject of the documentary show Unsung on TV One.
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