Bobby Womack

*Soul legend Bobby Womack and his brothers are to be inducted into the West Virginia All Black Schools Sports and Academic Hall of Fame this weekend as part of the class of 2011.

The singer, plus siblings Friendly and Cecil, will join opera soprano Cecilia Tucker among the local sports heroes and academics at a ceremony this Friday night.

The Womacks lived in West Virginia before they were discovered by late music icon Sam Cooke, who helped them create the family group The Valentinos.

Hall of Fame spokeswoman Helen Jackson-Gillison admits she’s particularly excited to meet Bobby Womack, explaining, “He exemplifies an age when music really was king. We’re hoping he will perform at the induction ceremony.”