Bobby Womack Unisex T-Shirt
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Unsung Bobby Womack
Robert Dwayne Womack (/ˈwoʊmæk/; March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Starting in the early 1950s as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentinos and as Sam Cooke‘s backing guitarist, Womack’s career spanned more than 60 years and multiple styles, including R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, and gospel.
Womack was a prolific songwriter who wrote and originally recorded, (with his brothers, the Valentinos), the Rolling Stones‘ first UK number one hit, “It’s All Over Now” and New Birth‘s “I Can Understand It“. 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 hits “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much“.
In 2009, Bobby Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Throughout his long recording career, many of Womack’s songs have been covered by other artists. In addition to the famous Rolling Stones’ version of “It’s All Over Now“, it has charted also with versions by Patti Drew in 1966 and as a duet between Womack and Bill Withers in 1975. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s other artists regularly recorded his songs. They included Ella Washington and Baby Washington, who recorded “I Can’t Afford To Lose Him” in 1968, Jerry Butler, who released “Yes My Goodness Yes” in 1968, Margie Joseph, who issued “What You Gonna Do”, and Roosevelt Grier, who had an R&B success with “People Make The World”. One of his most famous songs, “Trust Me”, was recorded by Janis Joplin and later by Winfield Parker amongst others. The 1960s and 1970s were especially profitable years for Womack’s songwriting, either solo efforts or in partnership with the likes of Darryl Carter and Jim Ford. Whilst working as a session musician with Wilson Pickett he regularly contributed songs, including the original version of “I’m In Love“, later covered by Aretha Franklin. Another Atlantic Records artist, Percy Sledge, issued “Baby Help Me” in 1967. The J. Geils Band covered “Lookin’ for a Love“, released on several albums, including the live album Blow Your Face Out.
In the following decade, Millie Jackson with “Put Something Down On It”, Kokomo and New Birth with “I Can Understand It“, Ronnie Wood with “I Got A Feeling”, and George Benson with the instrumental “Breezin’“, recorded versions of Womack songs. Lou Donaldson, the American jazz saxophonist, reinterpreted “You’re Welcome To Stop On By” in 1974. The British singer Rod Stewart used the distinctive string arrangement from “Put Something Down On It” for his massive hit “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy“. Other significant artists to record Bobby Womack songs include: Georgie Fame and Kelly Rowland and Vicki Sue Robinson, 1976 with “Daylight”, Aretha Franklin and O V Wright‘s separate covers of “That’s The Way I Feel About You” and reggae acts Dennis Alcapone, who issued a distinctive version of “Harry Hippy” entitled “Sorry Harry”, and Triston Palma, who issued “Love Has Finally Come At Last” in 1984.
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”. 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 Makings of a Man. Neo soul singer Calvin Richardson also covered many of Womack’s tunes. “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha” was covered by the late R&B musician Gerald Levert and fellow singer Mary J. Blige on Levert’s 1998 album Love & Consequences.
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. His work has been used in several other popular films, including Meet the Parents (2000), Ali (2001) and 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.
During the spring of 1997, R&B singer Rome covered the original song from his self-titled debut album.
In 2008, Kelly Rowland 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.
Bobby Womack – If You Think You’re Lonely Now
Bobby Womack – I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much
Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
BOBBY WOMACK-LIVE IN DC
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