The Best Tributes to the Late, Great Bobby Womack
The Rolling Stones, Kasabian, Cee Lo Green and others pay homage as the world mourns the loss of legendary soul singer.
Tributes from the entertainment world flooded in for the late soul singer Bobby Womack, who died on Friday (27 June), aged 70.
Womack, whose career spanned almost six decades, had worked with artists ranging from Sam Cooke and Ray Charles to Damon Albarn and Gorrilaz. As a musician, he played guitar on seminal records by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield.
Womack performs at Glastonbury in 2013
Among the stars paying tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter was Stevie Wonder, who covered Womack’s single ‘If You’re Feeling Lonely Now’ at the Calling Festival in London this weekend.
Meanwhile at Glastonbury, Kasabian’s Tom Meighan also paid tribute to the late soul singer during the band’s Pyramid Stage headline slot on Sunday night, changing the words from the band’s hit single ‘Vlad The Impaler’ to declare “Bobby Womack, see you on the other side!”
At the TW Classic festival in Belgium, the Rolling Stones paid tribute to the songwriter by performing their 1964 single ‘It’s All Over Now,’ which was penned by Womack.
Jagger told the audience on Friday: “We heard sadly, that our friend Bobby Womack passed away today. It’s very sad for us so we’re going to do a tribute to Bobby Womack who wrote one of our very earliest songs.” As the song finished Jagger took to the microphone to declare: ‘Thank you Bobby!”
Stones guitairist Ronnie Wood led the online tributes about his late friend, saying: “I am so sad to hear aobut my friend Bobby Womack – the man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes in his passing.”
Blur’s Damon Albarn, who produced Womack’s 2012 album The Bravest Man In The Universe as well as collaborating with the singer, also took to Twitter to say: “I will see my brother in church @Real Bobby Womack.” Cee Lo Green tweeted the message: “Heroes get remembered but legends never die #RIPBobbyWomack”
Other online tributes included tweets from Justin Timberlake, actor Paddy Consodine, funk legend George Clinton, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, Jessie Ware, The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess and Ronald Isley, of the Isley Brothers, who tweeted: “I am sad to hear of the passing of my long time friend Bobby Womack. He was a special person with a special talent. I will truly miss him.”
Womack had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and had battled a number of health issues, including prostate cancer. His cause of death is still currently unknown.