Bobby Womack was a rare musical talent who made an indelible influence in early Rock n’ Roll history. This was before he became famous as a soul singer. Recording as the Valentinos, one his songs ‘It’s All Over Now’ was remade by the Rolling Stones early in their career. This song would eventually end up on Billboard U.K Top 10 list. Bobby Womack had a very illustrious career and his musical achievements are too numerous to list. Readers of The Literati are provided with excerpts and links to two excellent tributes.
Readers are also encouraged to listen to both versions of ‘It’s All Over Now’ and comment on which they think is the best.
Here is the original version:
This is the Rolling Stones version:
Bobby Womack’s death is a huge loss. There are other soul singers and songwriters who are ranked higher in the pantheon because they’re considered auteurs: Marvin Gaye, obviously, and Curtis Mayfield, and Sly Stone. But Womack belongs among them, now and forever. He started out with his brothers in Cleveland, in a family gospel act; first hit the charts as a teen after the group, renamed the Valentinos, was discovered by Sam Cooke; wrote that first hit, “Lookin’ for a Love”; also wrote one of the early classics of the rock-and-roll era (“It’s All Over Now,” famously covered by the Rolling Stones); became an in-demand session guitarist (for Aretha Franklin and others) and songwriter (for Wilson Pickett and others); went solo; stayed solo; released a string of albums through the early seventies that combined his increasingly sophisticated compositions, his profoundly soulful covers of other people’s hits, and long between-song monologues; co-wrote “Breezin’,” later for George Benson; continued to write, record, and tour; became an elder statesman; appeared on the Gorillaz’s “Plastic Beach”; had a comeback record produced by Damon Albarn; was diagnosed with cancer; beat cancer; was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; and, finally, Friday, left the earth a far better place than he had found it.
…read more about Bobby Womack’s legacy by Ben Greenham for the New Yorker
Here is another excellent tribute in Rolling Stone Magazine by Jason Newman