A Deeper Sort Of 'Soul'

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/92240290/92240287" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack performed at Wembley Arena in April 1987 for a concert to raise money for AIDS research. Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Bobby Womack may have started out singing gospel music with his brothers, but it wasn't long before he caught the attention of Sam Cooke's, who encouraged Womack to shift to more secular music and helped him become a soul and R&B powerhouse.

Three months after Cooke was murdered in 1964, Womack raised eyebrows by marrying his widow.

Womack's hit 'It's All Over Now' was covered by the Rolling Stones and his theme from the film Across 110th Street was used in the movies Jackie Brown and American Gangster. A new "best of" collection, The Soul Years, highlights Womack soulful vocals and composing skills — and has become a favorite of many critics.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from