Bobby Womack (full name Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack) is one of the longest serving singer-songwriters and musicians spanning over 50 years. He is best known for being in the family group The Valentinos (The Womack Brothers) during the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Bobby Womack joined the group at the tender age of 16, dropping out of school to join the group.
Bobby Womack and The Womack Brothers wrote two classic songs: “Looking for a Love” and “It’s All Over Now” which The Rolling Stones covered, even beating Bobby Womack in the Charts.
The Valentinos lead singer Sam Cooke later died in a strange shooting incident and the band disbanded, leaving Bobby Womack to begin his solo career where he worked with a number of famous singers.
Bobby Womack went on to play guitar on many of Aretha Franklin’s tracks and wrote a number of hits: Wilson Pickett (“I’m a Midnight Mover”), George Benson (“Breezin’”), Janis Joplin (“Trust Me”) and was also a constant session musician in the ‘60s.
In the ‘60s Bobby Womack had some success with remakes of classics such as Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” and Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” as well as originals like “How I Miss You Baby”. During the ‘70s Bobby Womack had the most top singles. This included: “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha” (#2), “Woman’s Gotta Have It” (#1) and “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” (#3), “You’re Welcome, Stop On By,” 1975’s “Check It Out” and 1976’s “Daylight.”
After Bobby Womack ‘golden period’ of the ‘70s, he began to slow down, and in the ‘80s with Bobby Womack’s declining spiral into drug addiction, it would be at least 10 years before he came back in the charts.
In the 2000s Bobby Womack revived his ailing career and worked with super cool rapper MOS Def (Yasiin Bey) on the single “Plastic Beach” from the Gorillaz’ third album, Plastic Beach. It reached #24 on the BillBoard Alternative Chart.
Bobby Womack performed with De La Soul, Snoop Dogg and Lou Reed at Glastonbury festival in 2010 and they did a world tour with Gorillaz. On working with the Gorillaz he was given complete artistic freedom to sing whatever he wanted – which he did!
In June 2012, Bobby Womack released The Bravest Man In The Universe which was produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell. Their first song to download free was called "Please Forgive My Heart”.