Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack | Jamie-James Medina | tc114

Robert Dwayne Womack was born on March 4, 1944 and died on June 27, 2014. He was a recording artist, song writer, session musician and singer. He had a period as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist, and sang with the family group The Valentinos, before launching his solo career. His life has not been without controversy.

Mr. Womack, nicknamed the Preacher for his authoritative, church-trained voice and the way he introduced songs with long discourses on life, never had the million-record success of contemporaries like Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Otis Redding. His sandpaper vocal style made him more popular in England, where audiences revere what they consider authentic traditional American music, than in the United States.

, writes Paul Vitello in the New York Times.

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Bobby Womack performing in Amsterdam in 1976 | Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns | tc115

Checker records released his solo single “I found a true love”, which was also a hit for Wilson Pickett.

This post was amended on 30 June 2014.

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