R&B’s Bobby Womack Dies at Age 70

Bobby Womack

Detroit, MI (AP) Bobby Womack, colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who impacted artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, had died. He was 70.

Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat said the singer died Friday but had no other details to provide.

Womack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and dealt with a number of health issues, including prostate cancer. Womack performed recently at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and seemed in good health and spirits.

Womacks caught the attention of the Stones in the 1960s and influenced many early rockers before fading from popular music for more than a decade.

Albarn and XL Recordings president Richard Russell helped Womack begain his career with 2012 comeback album “The Bravest Man in the Universe.”

 

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