RIP: Bobby Womack (1944–2014)

The influential blues and soul musician has died at age 70.

Bobby Womack, a musician who was known for crossing genres and whose career spanned five-and-a-half decades, died today. He was 70.

After a career beginning in the ’60s, which included time as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist, Womack’s solo career produced multiple hits through the ’70s and ’80s.

In 2010, he experienced a resurgence and recognition from younger audiences with his work with Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz project, appearing as a guest on Plastic Beach and, later, The Fall. In 2012, Womack released his last album (and, at the time, his first of original material in 18 years) The Bravest Man in the Universe.

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