Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack
March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014
When my daughter came into my bedroom last night and told me that Bobby Womack died, my first reaction was, "You know who Bobby Womack is?" You would expect my first reaction to be, "Oh, No!," but for some random reason, he crossed my mind just the day before yesterday and I went to my "Bobby Womack" station on Pandora.
I plugged in the "Bobby Womack" station when I heard about his Alzheimer's diagnosis a couple of years ago. I was working at my desk, and all of a sudden, I thought, "I wonder how Bobby Womack is doing. I haven't heard anything in a while."
The song that came on when I clicked on the channel on Pandora was, "Harry Hippie," and while listening I thought, "this wasn't my favorite Womack song, but boy it's a good one." My favorite, if you can't guess, is "If You Think You're Lonely Now." How many times have all of us played that particular tune? If not on the stereo, 8 track or CD, we've certainly sung it in our heads.
And despite whatever hurdles he may have faced and overcome in life, one thing that remained indisputable was his incredible talent, recognizable voice and "grown man demeanor."
He's singing with the angels now.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Womack. We're still playing your tunes.