Bobby Womack, the singer-songwriter behind the Rolling Stones’ “It’s All Over Now” and plenty of his own soul hits, died at age 70 on Friday, his label XL Recordings announced.
In addition to penning the Stones’ first No. 1 hit, Womack was a star in his own right, with songs like “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” “Lookin’ for a Love,” and “Woman’s Gotta Have It.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
While the cause of his death is unknown, he had battled colon cancer and was diagnosed with early-stage Alzeheimer’s last year.
Sam Cooke discovered Womack and his brothers in 1956 and dubbed them The Valentinos. The family group ended when Cooke died in 1964, but Womack continued writing and performing for decades after. In 2009, after Womack’s Rock Hall induction, EW’s Sean Howe wrote an article praising the singer as one of the most underrated RB artists of all time. “His always-at-the-edges-of-history career has gotten a share of ink over the years, and was the dominant theme in Ron Wood’s induction speech Saturday,” Howe wrote at the time. “But as a great songwriter, he’s been given short shrift. He wrote a few albums’ worth of songs for Wilson Pickett, then did the arrangements on those albums, and you can even hear Womack’s vocal mannerisms intact (if a little more wicked).”
Here’s just a taste of what Womack could do: