Bobby Womack

Bobby WomackGranted, I only started very late to get interested in the R & B, soul and jazz, and first had to go the long way round on jazz and jazz literature and relevant learning even a few tools to give the pigeonhole be incorporated and the culture of African Americans as a whole to understand and to love. Meanwhile, standing in my collection, for example, the recordings of Jimi Hendrix par with those of Charlie’s Christian and Wes Montgomery, the next album from Al Jarreau CD’s from Bill Withers, Gil Scott Heron, Bobby Womack.   
To Bobby Womack, it has become in recent years, unfortunately, fairly quiet. Apart from a few praiseworthy cheap guest appearances from the current albums from Rae & Christian and Bootsie Collins times, it seems Bobby is currently completely out of the picture to have disappeared. No new albums, no tour. Even on the Internet, nobody seems particularly interested in him. Too bad really. To end this sad state of affairs, I roused myself and even then try to build a website. Womagic. de is the result. When Bobby Womack himself the title “Soul Survivor” is, then the first it sounds a little “bluster” or so he has not even thought of, according to the marketing department of a record company. A close reading of his life, and above all, on closer listening to his albums, however, remains no doubt that the man speaks the truth, plain and simple.
50’s
Bobby Dwayne Womack was born on 04.03.1944 in Cleveland, Ohio. Bobby’s father, Firendly Womack, full-steel workers in leisure and guitarist in a band called “The Voices of Love,” of course, encouraged the musical development of his children Cecil (later, Womack & Womack), Curtis, Friendly, Jr., Harry and Bobby early on. So it is not surprising that the Womack Brothers back in the early ’50s and founded their first band as “The Womack Brothers,” through the country traveled to shows with the popular gospel play. Here, they include only those days were well-known artists such as The Five Blind Boys, “the” caravans “and” Pilgrim Travelers, “with a” newcomer “in the name of David Ruffin, who later as the lead singer of the” Temptations “should still gain world fame. 
  
The Womack brothers were avid churchgoers, and to the delight of their religious parents, deeply rooted in their faith and believed at that time that any other path than the path to the gospel singers go, it would lead straight to hell.

60’s
In 1960, Bobby was just 16 years old, the Womack Brothers were the opening act of the “Soul Stirrers on. The lead singer of this band, the great Sam Cooke, took care of the young Bobby and were henceforth to be mentors. Sam, who had discovered at that time even the “secular” music for himself, took Bobby in 1960 on occasion as a guitarist in his band. Sam Cooke was more successful, the more he tried to Bobby and his brothers to convince that the secular music is more money and fame had to offer than the “pure” gospel. Once he even told them that they should take up his new house and thought his new car, if the next time they are in the studio. Bobby shared this view, ultimately, left school and became full-time musician. 

In 3000, by Sam Cooke as an advance received, dollars in his pocket, took the Womack Brothers in 1962 on their way to Los Angeles, got a recording contract with Cooke’s new label “SAR”, named in “The Valentinos’ round and recorded their first single. From the gospel song “Somewhere There Is A God” she knitted her “Somewhere There’s A Girl” and the Traditional “Could not Hear Nobody Pray,” her first hit single “Lookin ‘For A Love”. Looking For A Love managed to jump immediately to No. 8 of American R & B charts and even came into the top 100 pop charts. If this is not a success, what then? The Valentinos were quickly into real R & B celebrities and filled in the coming years, nearly all the relevant clubs and concert halls. As with most black artists of this period the career of Bobby Womack vierlief not straight, but was true up’s and Down’s tragic characterized. The highlight of the year 1964 was titled “It’s All Over Now” and was written by Bobby Valentino and published by a single song.

version of it. Bobby may well say so, he had contributed to help the probably the biggest rock band in history from the starting blocks too. The rest is history: “It’s All Over Now” became the first No. 1 hit by the Rolling Stones.

The big shock came Bobby then at the end of year 1964. For in December this year, Sam Cooke died in a most mysterious way in a cheap motel in Los Angeles. The tragic, still not fully understood, had (his mentor’s death, it really murder?), Bobby was real and had to work alongside a strong vocational and emotional long-lasting crisis. After Sam’s death, Bobby began, 21 years old, meet regularly with the much older Barbara Campbell, Sam’s widow, also in public and pulled her through the many nightclubs of LA. Three months later married Bobby and Barbara Campbell. Later, Bobby openly admitted how much he suffered because of this “early” marriage: 
  
“I was always presented as the boy who married Sam Cooke’s wife.”

“When it became clear that I would marry his wife, I did not know her really. She was just so hurt that he had gone this way about her. She was ready the man who was standing closest to him, which he liked to take. And that was me. And I was ready to be there for her, because I knew they needed someone to lead them. I knew if I moved to this place, I would hate a lot of people. But if I do not marry this woman, this woman will do something crazy, and it is perhaps not to be able to get back out there too. ”

“Sam Cooke had a hellish influence on me, not only because he was a great singer, but because he was a great man. He was the epitome of a star, as the newcomers would say today. Sam was the kind of person who gave you the feeling that you are he, and he? He was so good. He told me: Sing to me is just fun! Bobby, the people have nothing else. If my show is over, they go back to that daily pressure to the system. I consider myself lucky that I can throw this party for them and get paid for it. ”

After Sam’s tragic death were “along the Valentinos’ one more year and recorded without significant success for the Checker label. 
  
The mid-60s began to Bobby’s second career as a session guitarist and songwriter. Among the artists with whom he worked included Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex and King Curtis, also worked for Jimi Hendrix. For Bobby Wilson Pickett even wrote 17 songs, including the hit “I’ma Midnight Mover” and “Ninety-Nine and a Half (Will not Do)”. During this time Bobby also made his first tentative steps as a solo artists. He then recorded for labels such as Him, Chess and the Atlantic but to no avail. Bobby abolished only in 1968, with the Southern-soul song “What Is This”, his first success and the first quotation in the charts. The following singles, soul versions of pop songs, “Fly Me To The Moon” and “California Dreamin ‘” by “The Mamas and The Papas’, however, were only moderately successful, rather Flopps. 
  
Only working with the sound engineer Darryl Carter brought better results and with Bobby’s move to United Artists (1971) succeeded finally the big breakthrough as a solo artists. At United Artists, there was no “artistic” restrictions, and Bobby could be the first time, “produce their own album. At the end of 1971 released LP “Communication” Bobby was his preference for emotional cover versions of pop standards faithful. In addition to James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” and Ray Stevens “Everything Is Beautiful,” said Womack, however, on which the Carpenders composed track “(They Long To Be) Close To You”, a long monologue about the former exerted on him pressure, his music can be more commercially sound too, for the best. In addition to the cover versions are available on “Communication” includes three new songs Womack. Among them the hit “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha ‘”, in which he superficial love affairs and the view through the “rose-colored glasses” as unrealistic unmasked. I call that soul. When this song in early 1972 at # 2 on the R & B charts and climbed into the Top 30 on the pop charts jumped, Bobby was not only the recognition it deserves, but also a reputation as a philosopher of everyday life. ”

This song heard in distant London, two young lads named Mick and Keith. They were so impressed by Bobby’s Song, which received it with your band now is a cover The next album “Understanding” was, like his predecessors, incorporated into the traditional spaces of the American Sound Studio and Muscle Shoals. Diesmalkonnte to make Bobby a few real top musicians, what is the recording sounds very well. The first extraction was “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” a true classic Womack, (a stark warning to all men) who regard their women as something completely self-evident, written in collaboration with Daryl Carter and Linda Womack (daughter of Sam Cooke and Wife of Bobby’s brother Cecil). With this song, Bobby reached in early 1972, # 1 on the R & B charts. The second extraction was less successful. The black DJ’s want to “Sweet Caroline,” a cover version of Neil Diamond hits, and not particularly playing, preferring instead the B-side “Harry Hippy,” which in 1973 reached 8th place in the R & B charts and Bobby’s first “Gold single was “. 
 
1973 was the “blaxploitation wave” at its peak and was followed by Bobby Isaac Hayes (Shaft) and Curtis Mayfield (Superfly) by a soundtrack he did for the best. A verdict on the film “Across 110th Street”, I can not give here because I could not see him (Has anyone seen those already?). The title song of the album, Womack brought at least his fifth top-20-R & B hit in less than two years.

With the 1973 album also “Facts of Life” Bobby sat down on his successful interpretations of cover versions. In addition to the standard All Time “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” Burt Bacharach’s “Look of Love” Bobby interpreted here as “That’s Heaven To Me” by Sam Cooke and lets them “mixed picture” Record with Bob Dylan ‘s end “All Along The Watchtower”. For his next LP production Bobby returned to his roots and took a remake of Valentino’s song “Lookin ‘For A Love to”, which was also the album title. This song was coupled out in early 1974 as the first single and became Bobby’s second No. 1 hit on the R & B charts, and his only previous top 10 hit in the pop charts. 
  
Bobby’s permanent presence in the charts, made him a superstar of African-Americans (an equally big crossover success, he could not reach so far), yet he seemed to slowly become one of the many victims of the music industry. 1975, Bobby was already divorced from Barbara, he still lived in LA and gave himself up to the world of drugs, parties, women, hotel rooms and expensive champagne. This, of course, left in its mark and had an impact on his work. The radio song “Check It Out” was then his only substantial hit in 1975, and managed to place only until 6 in the R & B charts. A year later, he successfully turned back to his musical trademark, and published with “Daylight” from the album “Safety Zone” his last hit for United Artists. Trigger for the separation of United Artists were squabbles over his album “Bobby Womack Goes Country & Western.” Bobby wanted to ride the C & W Rail, United Artists, the idea is absurd, and held for Bobby flipped completely.

On 31.12.1975 Bobby married his second wife, Regina bench and returned in early 1976, a fresh contract with Columbia Records in the bag, back to the Muscle Shoals studio. On the album “At Home in Muscle Shoals” is an energetic man to hear Womack, whose voice seems much more rough and has to announce with the track “Never Let Nothing Get The Best Of You ‘re a hopeful message and to make all my courage again wants. 
  
One might think, because the artist had found himself, now if it were more lively and successful, a great album after another was delivered, and all are happy and happily ever after. Not at all. The reality, unfortunately, looked completely different. As the music business but is forced into continuous motion, every year at least one mega-hype needs to be born to change the much-vaunted manifestations of the spirit itself, it is only logical that an artist is also time falls through the sieve into the “offside” and gets simply “Out”. The disco-wave came and pushed artists like Bobby Womack in part by the market. The two self-produced album “Home Is Where The Heart Is” from 1976 and “Pieces” from 1977 was, apart from some single releases, only little attention and had the distinction of Columbia for the episode. By 1978 published by Arista album, “Roads Of Life”, he ended the 70s earlier than planned.

1981 Bobby came back to the business, signed at the small label Beverly Glen and took with “The Poet” is another masterpiece in his fluctuating career. The album has been consistently well reviewed, and in a surprise success. But Bobby’s really better overall situation was still far from fact. Between the publication of “The Poet” and “The Poet 2”, Bobby Womack sued the label holder on the payment of royalties.

“At Beverly Glen to be, was like a throwback to the days of slavery, when I was whipped by my own brother. The only thing that this came out, what did the people well, was my music. I was never paid for it and I have never forgotten it. ” 
 
Signing the contract Womack had reached the nadir of his career and looked at the Beverly Glen saving straw, its really the last chance for a comeback. But Womack had the contract, in addition to the usual advance for the recording sessions, no additional financial guarantees, forbade him to even work for other label, whether as an instrumentalist or as a background vocalist. With “The Poet 1 & 2” Bobby Womack, however, managed to break through in England and in the same year was elected by the “Blues & Soul Magazine” as the best singers, best songwriters and best live performers. Thus Bobby was a star at least in Europe, sold “The Poet” a million times and Beverly Glen pocketed the money. 
  
In 1985 Bobby released by court order, finally, from the adhesion contract, once signed to MCA and took the acclaimed album “So Many Rivers” on. The first single, “I Wish He Did not Trust Me So Much,” he reports back in the U.S. R & B chart, reaching # 2 and stayed there for two weeks. In Britain, the success was even bigger and British critics chose “So Many Rivers” to the publication of 1985. The following year he worked with the Rolling Stones on their new album “Dirty Work” and sang the hit “Harlem Shuffle,” a duet with Mick Jagger. 
End of 1986 “was released Womagic”, another masterpiece, followed by the equally masterful album “The Last Soul Man” from 1987. 1989 appeared on the Solar label nor the album “Save The Children” and then there was radio silence once by Bobby Womack, at least covered what recordings. Only five years later, the fans were allowed to re-look at a new plant.

‘Resurrection’ is just another album and another phase in my life. I gave the music business so far more attention than the food business. My family and I have paid dearly for it because I was always out there, and tried to make someone else happy, if I could not give at home. Resurrection means to be born anew and try to do it right this time – not only for everyone else but for me to grow with them. ”

The album “Resurrection,” featuring guest performances by Rod Stewart, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, to name but a few, has appeared on Ron Wood’s Slide label and to date, marked the culmination of the career of R & B and Soul singer. This is in fact returned to his roots and has recorded in 1997, in honor of his father, an album with 19 gospel classics.

Bobby Womack is actually the last of a dying breed, the “Last Soul Man” or better “Soul Survivor”, because he really has any, with the exception of Aretha Franklin and James Brown, and is survived by almost every hell of Life and Business gone. He has defined a large chunk of what we call today Soul and R & B.

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Records:

Bobby Womack & Peace – Across 110th Street, United Artist Records

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