Saturday, July 13, 2024

Bobby Womack, Soul Superstar, Members of Famed Music Family, Is Dead at Age 70


Bobby Womack, an R&B superstar whose hits included “Woman’s Gotta Have It” and “Across 110th Street,” and “Looking for a Love,” has died in Los Angeles at age 70. His wife Regina found him dead in his bed this morning. He’d been doing gigs and a schedule of concerts lined up for this summer. But Womack suffered from a bad heart after a lifetime of drug abuse. He was predeceased by his brother Cecil, also a famed performer was once married to Motown star Mary Wells (“My Guy”).

Bobby’s other brothers are Curtis Womack and Friendly Womack. Cecil and Linda– who was the daughter of Sam Cooke– performed as the hit duo Womack and Womack. Bobby married Barbara Cooke, Sam Cooke’s widow, after the famous singer was killed.

Bobby Womack’s first group was called the Valentinos. He was also Sam Cooke’s lead guitarist. A prolific songwriter, it was Bobby who wrote the Rolling Stones’ first hit “It’s All Over Now.” The song has been covered by everyone.
Womack leaves a great legacy and catalog including a landmark album called “The Poet.” His death was sudden, as Friendly Womack told friends today he’d spoken to Bobby last night and “he was fine.”

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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