The soul legend died yesterday aged 70
Blur’s Damon Albarn has led tributes to the late soul singer Bobby Womack, who died yesterday (June 27) aged 70.
Albarn coaxed Womack back into the musical spotlight after a long break by asking him to record a track for the third Gorillaz album, ‘Plastic Beach’. Womack would later go onto release his 2012 album ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’, working with XL Recordings boss Richard Russell. “I will see my brother in church,” Albarn tweeted.
I will see my brother in church @RealBobbyWomack
— Damon Albarn (@Damonalbarn) June 28, 2014
Womack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and has battled with a number of health issues, including prostate cancer. His publicist confirmed he died yesterday, but the cause of death has not been announced.
Other paying tribute to Womack include his label, XL Recordings, who tweeted:
Long live Bobby Womack. pic.twitter.com/bPmzgcGlHR
— XL Recordings (@XLRECORDINGS) June 28, 2014
Artists who have tweeted about the passing of Womack include Ronnie Wood, De La Soul, Tim Burgess, Flea Of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Drenge and Kano.
Known for hits including 1972’s ‘Across 110th Street’, Womack’s career spanned seven decades. He released his first single in 1954.
I’m so sad to hear about my friend Bobby Womack ~ the man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes with his passing.
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) June 28, 2014
Sadly it is true. The world has lost a great talent in Bobby Womack http://t.co/wwflv4oAMP rest in peace
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) June 27, 2014
Oh man the great Bobby Womack is gone. What a beautiful dude. Bobby forever
— Flea (@flea333) June 27, 2014
I am sad to hear of the passing of my long time friend Bobby Womack. He was a special person with a special talent. I will truly miss him.
— Ronald Isley (@TheRealRonIsley) June 27, 2014
Just received sad news, @RealBobbyWomack passed away. We had an amazing time touring around the world with him. We love you Mr. Womack.
— De La Soul (@WeAreDeLaSoul) June 27, 2014
RIP Bobby Womack
— Drenge (@drenge) June 28, 2014
Hate to reconfirm the terribly sad news about Bobby Womack. Hope he’s jamming with Teenie somewhere 🙁
— wichitarecs (@wichitarecs) June 27, 2014
Truly rest in peace Bobby Womack.Honoured 2 hav shared some stages around the world w/ this great man. Love to his family.
— Kano (@TheRealKano) June 28, 2014