Bobby Womack, whose singing career spanned in nearly six decades, has died at the age of 70. His recording label XL Recordings confirmed the sad news on Friday, June 27. More info regarding his death is not immediately available.
Womack was born on March 4, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of 10, Womack started touring the gospel circuit with his family as the Womack Brothers with his father on the guitar and mother on the organ. In 1961, they joined Sam Cooke’s label SAR and changed their group’s name to the Valentinos.
The group disbanded after Cooke passed away in 1964. The “Across 110th Street” hitmaker later made headlines after marrying his widow Barbara Campbell only three months after Cooke’s death.
Womack’s career rose in the 1970s. Signing with United Artists Records, he scored some popular hits which included “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha’ “, “Harry Hippie” and “Nobody Wants You When You’re Down and Out” among others. He also released two successful albums “Communication” in 1971 and “Understanding” the next year via the company.
During his career, Womack collaborated with various musicians such as George Benson, Sly & the Family Stone and Janis Joplin. In 2010, he worked in “Stylo” alongside Mos Def for Gorillaz’s album “Plastic Beach”. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year before.