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Bobby Womack RIP

The great soulman has died at the age of 70

The bravest man in the universe heads home: Bobby Womack

Mon, Jun 30, 2014, 08:33


It’s almost a year since Bobby Womack came to Dublin’s Dame Street on a sultry summer night and wowed us all at the Olympia. And it’s just a little over two years since he released the superb “The Bravest Man In the Universe”. Little did we know that that show and that album would be the last we’d see and hear from him during his lifetime as the great soulman died on Friday night at the age of 70. In recent years, he suffered from various health problems, including diabetes, prostate cancer, heart trouble, colon cancer and pneumonia. He may have beaten some of them, but it wasn’t to be in the end.

He was, as the saying goes, one in a million, a soul singer with a voice from the heavens capable of transmitting the most heartfelt of emotions. He’s probably be remembered best for “Across 110th Street” (used so brilliantly by Quentin Tarantino in the opening sequences of Jackie Brown below), but there was much more to the man discovered by Sam Cooke.

Be it penning songs like “Lookin’ for a Love” and “It’s All Over Now” and his session work for Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett and others to the marvellous solo albums which followed (check “The Poet II” below for instance), Womack was a singer with a beat of his own. In recent years, he turned up on the Gorillaz album “Plastic Beach”, which lead to Damon Albarn and XL boss Richard Russell producing that fantastic last album. He will be missed.