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Bobby Womack

One of the most enigmatic and talented Soul men of all time, Bobby Womack has been a link from 50s Gospel to 60s Soul to 70s Rock and to some of the greatest musicians in each genre. Born in an extremely devout religious family, he was singing Gospel with his brothers Cecil, Friendly, Harry and Curtis as the Womack Brothers while he was still a child.The talented group was discovered by Gospel/Soul legend Sam Cooke, who renamed them the Valentinos and transformed them into a teenage secular vocal group.

By the early 60s The Valentinos were touring with James Brown and scoring on the R&B charts with their first hit, “Lookin' For A Love.” Cooke's death in 1964 sent the group on a spiral from which it would never recover.

Without their mentor, The Valentinos faded, and Womack became principally a writer and guitarist for an A-list of 60s Soul and Rock stars, including Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin and others. Interestingly, while he had established himself as a top notch songwriter, it took a 1968 cover of the pop standard “Fly Me to the Moon” to jump start his solo career, hitting the Soul Top 20. Over the next 4 years, he alternated original compositions (”What Is This,” “More Than I Can Stand”) and pop covers (”I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” “Sweet Caroline”) to stay a middling Soul charter.

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