Friday, June 27, 2014

Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack, who died today at age 70, was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2009.  He joined an elite group of artists inducted their first time nominated.  At the time I was surprised he got in right away.  I certainly didn't predict it.  But looking back, I should have known better.  By 2008, Womack had put together a long R&B career.  His songs have been covered by the Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin.  He was a constant chart presence, at least on the R&B one in the 70's and mid-80's.  In other words, he had longevity and just enough presence with Rock and Rollers to get him inducted right away.

Given that, I still don't feel like he ever got mentioned with the R&B greats of his era.  Some, like a Teddy Pendergrass, aren't even in the Rock Hall.  Womack's name is never listed in a Greatest R&B singers of all time poll.  So, it was gratifying to see him get inducted.  He was a true Soul Survivor.

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