In 1970, the first recording I ever made was with a group called Jamal and we recorded Bobby Womack’s “A Women’s Got To Have It”. For years I was singing his music in clubs and for me he was a real inspiration. Back then his soulfulness and timing was raw velvet. He sang about love and issues everyone could relate to, that was his style, his message. his history. Then some 20 years later, in 1991, I was able to meet Bobby and he agreed to produce two songs on an album called, “Sky Dancing”. Bobby wrote with Harold Payne, “You Only Come Around” and I wrote with Bobby Caldwell, a duet I sang with Bobby Womack called, “Look Inside Of Love”. It was quite an experience working at his studio with great players like, James Gadson, Michael Wycoff, Merry Clayton and Vesta Williams, all contributing their talent. The studio was alive with friends and family and every inch of him was music. I am so thankful for the opportunity I had and to have been next to such a musical force as Bobby Womack. He is part of who I am today and his music is part of all of us.
Bobby Womack is a stalwart soul and gospel figurehead whose resume includes significant contributions across the decades as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. The son of a steelworker, he was born in Cleveland, where he and his siblings formed a gospel group at a young age. While touring with the Soul Stirrers, the Womack Brothers met that group’s lead singer, Sam Cooke. After Cooke’s move from gospel to soul, he contacted the Womacks and asked them to move to California. Bobby Womack was only 16 years old at the time, and he dropped out of school. Under Cooke’s tutelage, they crossed the bridge from sacred to secular music, recording for his Sar label as the Valentinos and the Lovers. – See more at: https://rockhall.com/inductees/bobby-womack/bio/#sthash.ErWxJy59.dpuf