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Bobby Womack: The Soundtrack of My Life

Jude Rogers, Observer, The, 25 November 2012

BOBBY WOMACK'S career began in his teens in Cleveland, Ohio, when Sam Cooke mentored his family band, the Valentinos. In 1964 he wrote 'It's All Over Now', which became the Rolling Stones' first No 1. He then played guitar on some of the next decade's greatest records, including Dusty Springfield's Dusty In Memphis, Aretha Franklin's Lady Soul, and Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On. Womack's solo career flourished in the 1970s thanks to his soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Across 110th Street. Now 68, recent years have seen him sing with Gorillaz and record a new album, The Bravest Man In the Universe, produced by Albarn and XL's Richard Russell. In recovery from colon cancer, he plays two shows in London this week.

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