Blur’s Damon Albarn leads tributes to Bobby Womack

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.

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:

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.