Wednesday, May 29, 2024

R&B Singer Cecil Womack Dies Abroad in Africa at age 65


Cecil Womack has died at age 65. He was the brother of Bobby Womack and an R&B star in his own right. Early on, Cecil, Bobby and their two brothers sang back up for Sam Cooke as The Valentinos. Cecil’s first wife was Motown legend Mary Wells, with whom he had three children. Wells, whose hits included “My Guy” and “Two Lovers,” died in 1992. But he and Wells were divorced, and she also a child with Cecil’s older brother, Curtis. Cecil went on to marry Linda Cooke, daughter of the late Sam Cooke, while brother Bobby married Sam’s widow. Cecil Womack made six albums with his third wife Linda as Womack and Womack. Their big hit was “Love TKO,” covered by everyone from Teddy Pendergrass to Boz Scaggs. It’s one of those soul classics that you can’t get out of your head, and will last a lifetime.  A lot of history and a lot of soul. Cecil Womack will be missed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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