Bobby Womack

March 4, 1944 - June 27, 2014

Bobby Womack Artistfacts

  • Bobby Womack started out in the 1950s with family gospel group The Valentinos, who were spotted by "King of Soul" Sam Cooke.
  • After playing guitar in Sam Cooke's backing group in 1960, Womack re-united with his brother as the Valentinos and signed with Cooke's SAR label in 1961.
  • After Sam Cooke was shot dead, Womack turned up at his funeral wearing Cooke's clothes.
  • He married Cooke's widow Barbara a few months after Cooke was shot dead, but the marriage ended after Womack had an affair with her teenage daughter.
  • Womack wrote "It's All Over Now," which was recorded by The Valentinos in 1964. It was covered by the Rolling Stones shortly after and became their first UK #1 hit.

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