Across 110th Street for the last time

July 2, 2014

Goodbye to Bobby Womack.
An amazing singer, writer and performer.
His voice could make the hairs on the back of your arms stand up.
Pain, beauty, hopes and dreams were easily communicated by his rich, soulful voice.

Communication - a beautiful album cover from 1971

Communication – a beautiful album cover from 1971

Look at the people he wrote songs for:
Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin.
He also worked with some amazing people in the later part of his life, too – The Roots, Mos Def, Gorillas, Damon Albarn.
His music has influenced so many people it’s almost unbelievable.
And look at the number of hits he had. And decades he performed across.
He saw a lot of tragedy in his life. Two of his sons died. Which, in part, led to him becoming addicted to cocaine.
But he channelled his emotion into his music. And changed a huge number of lives.
He made a strong comeback in 2012 with The Bravest Man in the Universe. Damon Albarn helped produce the album.
And it’s not some old guy just making a final record. It’s a journey with him. And it’s got some beautiful music on it.

The Bravest Man in the Universe

The Bravest Man in the Universe

Spend some time listening to a few of his amazing records below.

And, when you’ve got time, listen to all of them. He truly was a landmark presence in soul music.
Farewell to the voice that always makes me smile.

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