Bobby Womack

Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack (March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. An active recording artist since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentinos and as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist, Womack's career spanned more than 50 years, during which he played in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.

Womack wrote and originally recorded the Rolling Stones' first UK No. 1 hit, "It's All Over Now" and New Birth's "I Can Understand It" among other songs. As a singer he is most notable for the hits "Lookin' For a Love", "That's The Way I Feel About Cha", "Woman's Gotta Have It", "Harry Hippie", "Across 110th Street" and his 1980s hit "If You Think You're Lonely Now".


Womack contributed lyrics and sang on "Stylo" alongside Mos Def in the first single from the third Gorillaz album Plastic Beach. He also sang the song "Cloud of Unknowing" on the same album. Bobby also sang "Bobby in Phoenix" in the album, The Fall.

Many tributes and callbacks to Bobby have been made in songs and live shows. During performances of "Stylo" and "Cloud Of Unknowing", Bobby's face has appeared onscreen in remembrance.

A lyric in the track "Andromeda" from Humanz also featured a line in remembrance of Bobby.