Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 28, 2014

Legendary R&B singer, songwriter Bobby Womack was 70

SAN FRANCISCO — West Coast media sources are reporting that Bobby Womack, one of the most influential vocalists, guitar players and songwriters of the 1960s and ‘70s, died on Friday at the age of 70, according to Rolling Stone. Womack, 70, was born in Cleveland, but his parents, the late Friendly Womack Sr., and Naomi Reed Womack, were both McDowell County natives. Womack was most recently in Bluefield on Dec. 17, 2011, for his mother’s funeral.

In the early 1960s, Sam Cooke took Womack under his wing and got him his start in popular music. Womack played guitar with Cooke, as well as other artists like Wilson Pickett, Sly and the Family Stone and Jimi Hendrix who introduced Womack to the wah-wah sound.

In addition to his musical contributions, Womack penned the Rolling Stones’ first U.S. hit, “But It’s All Over Now,” and “Midnight Mover,” a song he co-wrote with Pickett gained him fame, but his semi-autobiographical song, “Across 110th Street”  perhaps became his most powerful composition that incorporates his talents as both a musician, songwriter and observer of life in the U.S.

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