bobby womack

*(Via MSN News) – Soul singer Bobby Womack has died, his record company, XL Recordings, confirmed.  Various reports say he died in his sleep. However, the cause of death is currently unknown.

Bobby Womack was 70.

The singer’s career spanned seven decades and included ’80s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.”

Womack began his career in the early 1960s as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos. He was also Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist.

In the late-60s, Womack went solo. In 1968, he signed with Minit Records and recorded his first solo album, “Fly Me To The Moon,” which included his first major hit with a cover of The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreamin’.” He would go on to collaborate with music notables Gábor Szabó, George Benson, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin and Pearl.

He would later leave Minit and sign with United Artists where he released the album, “Communication.” He would earn his first Top 40 hit, “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha.”

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