I woke up to the news today that Bobby Womack has passed away. For me this is very sad news, I was a huge fan of Bobby, and he was one of the most talented musicians still alive. I was lucky enough to see him perform both music from his most recent album Bravest Man In The Universe with Damon Albarn and also his hits at a great set at Glastonbury last year *which was 1 day off of been exactly 1 year ago*
Since his performance I just couldn’t stop listening to him, and I’ve pretty much listened to at least one of his songs every day since, no exaggerating, I was actually listening to him on the bus home from work yesterday.
I’ve always been heavily involved in music, growing up my Dad always introduced me to music, so I’ve grown up with an eclectic taste. I played in bands, run a music ‘zine, and put on both small and large music events in West Yorkshire. I’ve gone through phases of all sorts of music, some I still listen to and some I don’t. But for me the best music has to be Soul, Blue and Funk. It stands strong against the rest and is absolutely timeless.
Bobby was one of the greatest soul musicians to live. He worked with artists such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and Sly Stone. He played a large role as a session musician for a period of his life playing with Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin.
He most recently worked closely with Damon Albarn of Blur, on the Gorrilaz Album Plastic Beach and on his own album The Bravest Man in The Universe.
It’s sad news to hear Bobby has passed away, and he will go down as one of the greats.