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Tag: Bobby Womack

Monday, March 28th

sweet soul music

Do you feel me?

—Bobby Womack (1944-2014)

Bobby Womack, live, England (Glastonbury Festival), 2013



random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Garfield Park Conservatory)



Sunday, November 9th

That gospel feeling is in all of this music.

—Solomon Burke

Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music, Episode 2: Sam Cooke, with Mavis Staples, Bobby Womack, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, et al., BBC, 2005







art beat: more from Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), The Plough and the Song, 1946


Sunday, June 29th


Bobby Womack, singer, songwriter, guitarist, March 4, 1944-June 27, 2014

The Womack Brothers (featuring Bobby, then 17, on lead vocals), “Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray,” 1961



art beat

William Eggleston (1939-)



random thoughts

We’re as rich as we are receptive.

Friday, October 4th

then & now

Bobby Womack, 1944-

The Valentinos (formerly The Womack Brothers)

“Lookin’ for a Love,” 1962


“It’s All Over Now,” 1963


Live (studio session with Damon Albarn, piano; Richard Russell, drum machine, et al., ), 2012

“The Bravest Man in the Universe”


“Please Forgive My Heart”


“Whatever Happened to the Times”


“Jubilee (Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around)”

Sunday, 10/14/12

Bobby testifies.

The Womack Brothers (with Bobby, then 17, on lead vocal), “Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray” (SAR Records [Sam Cooke’s label]; rec. 6/28/1961, Universal Recording Studios, Chicago)


The next year, as the Valentinos, they recorded this.

The Valentinos (with Bobby on lead vocal), “Lookin’ For A Love” (SAR Records, 1962)

Friday, 10/12/12

Singers who come out of gospel bring something to everything they touch—conviction.

Bobby Womack, live (Later . . . with Jules Holland, BBC), 10/2 & 5/12

“Please Forgive My Heart” (B. Womack & R. Russell)


“The Bravest Man in the Universe” (B. Womack & R. Russell)



reading table

my home village
even behind the outhouse
pure water gushes

—Kobayashi Issa, 1812 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Saturday, 7/7/12

basement jukebox

The Valentinos (feat. Bobby Womack), “Lookin’ For A Love,” 1962


Billy Stewart, “Sitting In The Park,” 1965

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