Monday, June 26, 2017

Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street (United Artists)

Remembered for his gruff baritone voice and his guitar playing, Bobby Womack, who sadly passed last June, stands as one of the key figures in the history of Soul Music. He first appeared as a member of Gospel quintet the Womack Brothers along with his brothers Cecil, Curtis, Friendly and Harry, later renamed The Valentinos when produced by Sam Cook in 1953. Bobby though would embark an a solo career soon after the death of the latter, 11 years later.
His contribution is quite impressive, from the writing of ‘Breezin’ along with Gábor Szabó later on covered by George Benson to the one of ‘I’m A Midnight Lover’ for Wilson Pickett, delivering his unique vocals on Wilton Felder‘s ‘Inherit The Wind’, to just name but a very few…
One of his biggest classics remains the 1973 released ‘Across 110th Street’. A cut taking its name from the Barry Shear directed film of the likes, featuring Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, and Anthony Franciosa, then featured in Quentin Tarantino‘s 1997 ‘Jackie Brown’ OST.

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