I don't think there is anyone around, who loves R&B music, who is not a fan of the soulful, powerhouse voice of Bobby Womack. The man who belted out such classics as, "If You Think You're Lonely Now, Across 110th St, Harry Hippie", and so many more, sadly passed away yesterday, at the age of 70 yrs. old.
Although, there are not very many specifics, as to the cause of his death, it is known that, Mr. Womack has battled prostate and colon cancer, in the past. Nevertheless, that is not the focus of this post, because we know, that if you know God, death is merely a vehicle that takes you into life. Eternal life.
My focus is on the man, who had the gift of a tremendous voice, that brought joy and sometimes tears, to the eyes of those listening to it. He and David Ruffin, are two singers, who when I listen to them belt out their notes, it almost seems as though, it is EFFORTLESS. That they really didn't have to try. It was something that seemed to come as natural to them, as breathing air.
I remember watching old YouTube clips of Ruffin from the 80's, when the Temptations, tried their hands, at a reunion tour. David came on stage looking ravaged, and worn. You could tell that drugs and alcohol had clearly been having their way with him, but when he opened his mouth...!!!! Pure, unfiltered, raw talent!
Bobby's voice was that kind of voice. Bobby himself, also had his own storied past with drug and alcohol abuse, that he often spoke candidly about. But just as with Ruffin, the "pipes" seemingly remained unaffected. That voice ALWAYS ever melodic, strong, raw, and BEAUTIFUL.
He will be missed, but the gift of the beautiful music he gave us will live on forever.
We thank you, Bobby, for some of the soundtracks to our lives! Rest well.