Sometimes an artist can leave such an impact on the world through their work that fans feel deeply connected to them even though they may not have met the artist personally.
This exact scenario can be said of the legendary Bobby Womack, and his influence and presence will truly be missed as the world learns of his passing on June 27, 2014.
Robert Dwayne “Bobby” Womack is responsible for some of R&B’s most famous ballads. Songs such as “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “Love Has Finally Come At Last” (performed with Patti LaBelle), were only a few of the many singles that he sang and wrote.
Womack was not limited solely to the R&B genre. Aside from his gospel upbringing, he has also collaborated with rock musicians such as Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2009, and his lyrics were featured on Mos Def’s single “Stylo” in 2010. He also delved in soul and country music.
It is safe to say that Womack has paved the way for many of today’s respected singers and songwriters. Sultry singers such as Mariah Carey and Calvin Richardson have referenced a few of Womack’s tunes on their own projects, and other singers such as Mary J. Blige and Jodeci’s K-Ci Hailey produced their own renditions of “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”.
The legendary singer has left the world a plethora of hits to remember him by. In fact, his music motivates fans to celebrate the great talent that he is rather than mourn his passing.
Womack was 70 years old when he passed on Friday. The cause of death is unknown, but he has battled with prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease in the past.
His presence will be missed, but true legends never die.