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Womack is Back!

Bobby Womack I thought, I know that name, but who…?

A quick google search taught me of his chart topping hits, covering R&B, Rock and Roll, Doo Wop, Country and Gospel genres; various recording sessions spanning 40 years with probably as many famous names.

Behind the glitz Bobby ‘Robert’ Womack was the lead singer of his 60s family soul and gospel band The Valentinos; proteges of Sam Cooke, who Womack later joined as guitarist; as well as musical stints with Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and Sly Stone.  Sources tell me that he “created the body work of classic soul”, and is often referred to as the most under-appreciated giant of Seventies Soul. Well by now I’m pretty impressed and feeling a little silly that as a mid-twenties Londoner with an awareness for many music genres and artists, I wasn’t instantly aware of this soul legend. In 2009 Bobby was rightly inducted to the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.

This is all lovely stuff, but what does it have to do with Bellerby Globemakers you ask?

At 68 years old, Womack has not finished his business with the music industry just yet – 2012 sees the release of his highly anticated album “The Bravest Man in the Universe” (to be released in June on XL)  It features collaborations with Damon Albarn, Lana Del Ray and  XL Recordings’ Richard Russell.  Bobby is back.  He came to our North London studios a month ago where he shot some fantastic photos for his album artwork. (Spot our globes in the background!)

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After hearing the very recent news surrounding Womack’s health, our thoughts and prayers are with him at this hard time.  We wish you a speedy recovery Bobby, it was wonderful to meet you. Here’s a few photos from the shoot, where let’s admit it, he’s looking pretty cool.

Art Direction by Sam and Arthur.   Photographs by Jamie-James Medina.

His first single from the album “Please forgive my heart” is just beautiful, and it’s available for free on XL Recordings website here.