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Soul survivor Bobby Womack talks about his astonishing 60 years making magnificent music - and he picks out some key tracks for Red Bull Music Academy Radio...

In this week's Music Matters, we're talking to the original soul poet himself, Mr. Bobby Womack!

Bobby first came to prominence in the 1950s as part of The Womack Brothers.The band later changed their name to The Valentinos and scored hits such as ‘It’s All Over Now’ (as covered by The Rolling Stones for their first ever No. 1 hit), while Womack played as a session guitarist on soul classics like Aretha Franklin’s Chain Of Fools, and legendary albums such as Sly & the Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On.

Womack’s solo career evolved with hits such as Woman’s Gotta Have It, Lookin’ For A Love, and the title theme for the film Across 110th Street, peaking with early 80s albums The Poet and The Poet II, and more hits like If You Think You’re Lonely Now.

One of soul music's all-time greatest artists, Bobby’s amazing mission took a new step in 2010 with a star performance on Gorillaz’ Stylo alongside Mos Def.

 Listen to a Fireside Chat between Red Bull Music Academy Radio and the man who is not just a poet but also a true soul survivor!


Playlist:

The Valentinos - It’s All Over Now - Soul City
The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi - I Never Heard A Man - Paula Records
The Soul Stirrers feat. Sam Cooke - Wonderful - Speciality Rec.
Bobby Womack - Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) - Minit
Bobby Womack - California Dreamin’ - Minit
Bobby Womack & J.J. Johnson - Across 110th Street - UA Records
Bobby Womack - I Can Understand It - UA Records
Bobby Womack - Woman’s Gotta Have It - UA Records
Bobby Womack - You’re Welcome, Stop On By - UA Records
Bobby Womack - Lookin’ For A Love - UA Records
Bobby Womack - Nobody Wants You When You’re Down And Out - UA Records
Bobby Womack - Trust In Me - UA Records
Bobby Womack - A Change Is Gonna Come - Columbia
Bobby Womack & Candi Staton - Stop Before We Start - Columbia
Bobby Womack - How Could You Break My Heart - Arista
Bobby Womack - If You Think You’re Lonely Now - Beverly Glen Music

  

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