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Bobby Womack

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Cleveland, United States (1944 – present)

Robert Dwayne Womack (born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on March 4, 1944), is an American and guitarist. Working in the and R&B genres, he achieved his greatest success in the 19 and 19.

Taking after their father, who sang music, Bobby Womack and his brothers formed their own group. Sam Cooke took an interest in the Womack Brothers, and they recorded for Cooke’s SAR record label in the early 19. Renamed the Valentinos, and encouraged by Cooke to go in a more secular and commercial direction, they scored a hit with Womack’s “It’s All Over Now” in 1964; the Rolling Stones’ version of the song became a major hit, earning Womack generous royalty payments.

Sam Cooke died in late 1964; Womack married Cooke’s widow, Barbara, a short time later, creating something of a scandal. Things became even more complicated when his younger brother, Cecil, married Cooke’s daughter, Linda. As a session guitarist, Womack worked at Chips Moman’s American Studios in Memphis, and played on recordings by Joe Tex and The Box Tops. Until this point, around 1967, he had had little success as a solo artist, but at American he began to record a string of classic -music singles including the 1968 “What Is This” (his first chart hit), “It’s Gonna Rain” and “More Than I Can Stand,” all of which featured his elegant, understated rhythm-guitar work and his impassioned vocals. During this period he became known as a songwriter, contributing many songs to the repertoire of Wilson Pickett; these include “I’m in Love” and “I’m a Midnight Mover.”

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