Bobby Womack Dies
GRAMMY-nominated soul singer Bobby Womack died June 27. A cause of death was not announced. He was 70. A Cleveland native, Womack got his start in music in the early '50s when he and his siblings Cecil, Curtis, Harry, and Friendly Jr. formed the gospel quintet the Womack Brothers. The group subsequently toured and opened for various gospel acts, including the Soul Stirrers, whose frontman at the time was the late Sam Cooke. Cooke later signed the group to his SAR label and renamed them the Valentinos. The group cracked the Billboard Hot 100 with 1962's "Lookin' For A Love" and 1964's "It's All Over Now," the latter of which became a Top 40 hit for the Rolling Stones. As a solo artist, Womack released several albums to crack the Billboard 200, including 1982's The Poet, 1984's The Poet II and 1985's So Many Rivers. As a songwriter, Womack penned numerous hits for the likes of George Benson, the J. Geils Band, Janis Joplin, and Wilson Pickett. He also played guitar on Sly & The Family Stone's 1971 album There's A Riot Goin' On, which was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999. Womack earned a 2010 GRAMMY nomination for Best Short Form Music Video for the Gorillaz's "Stylo," a song from their album Plastic Beach on which he's featured. At the time of his death, Womack was in the midst of recording the tentatively titled album The Best Is Yet To Come.