Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Cecil Womack and Reg Presley RIP

Cecil Womack, brother of Bobby, has died aged 65. He was soul royalty: a member of the Valentinos, discovered by Sam Cooke when he and his brothers Bobby, Harry, Friendly and Curtis were a gospel group, who recorded the original of It's All Over Now; the husband of Motown star Mary Wells; and then of Linda Cooke, the daughter of Sam Cooke, with whom he recorded as Womack and Womack (pictured). Cecil's brother Bobby had married Sam's widow Barbara Campbell. As a songwriter Cecil wrote Love TKO for Teddy Pendergrass and I Just Want To Satisfy You for the O'Jays. With Linda he had hits with Love Wars and Teardrops before moving to Nigeria and discovering his African roots, changing his name to Zekuumba Zekkariyas. A sad loss.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf-oiLUzb1k  Here's his obit in the Telegraph.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9848504/Cecil-Womack.html
Also grabbing the headlines today was the death from lung cancer of Reg Presley, aged 71, lead singer of The Troggs, from Andover, whose 60s hits included the wonderful Wild Thing, as well as With A Girl Like You, I Can't Control Myself, Any Way That You Want Me, Give It To Me and the huge 90s Wet Wet Wet hit Love Is All Around.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icAOfeNsatc   http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/going-out/music/reg-presley-rip-tributes-as-troggs-1586540


At 9:06 pm , Blogger Nick said...

Bobby Womack wrote this on his website:
I was terribly upset when I heard about my brother's passing, and I still am. We made music together for a long time, but we've had many differences over the years. Thankfully we got a chance to reunite last year after a very long separation - and little did I know that it would be the last time I would see him. I can only pass along what I have now learned, which is to not let anything - money, success, etc, come between you and your family.

- Bobby Womack


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