R&B singer Cecil Womack dead at 65
R&B singer-songwriter Cecil Womack died last week at age 65. His brother and past collaborator, Bobby Womack, confirmed the news the news in a Facebook post on Thursday (February 7).
"I was terribly upset when I heard about my brother's passing, and I still am," Womack wrote. "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 not to let anything - money, success, etc, come between you and your family."
Womack died at his home in Africa on February 1, according to the BBC.
Best known as one half of the husband-wife duo Womack & Womack (pictured), Womack started his career in music in the mid-1950s as a member of the Womack Brothers alongside brothers Bobby, Harry, Friendly Jr. and Curtis. The group toured with soul singer Sam Cooke but they broke up after Cooke was shot to death in 1964.
Womack later married Motown star Mary Wells and focused on songwriting and producing. After divorcing Wells in 1976 he married Linda Cooke, Sam Cooke's daughter, and formed a songwriting partnership and later, the musical duo Womack & Womack. The wrote and recoreded several hits throughout the 1980s but their biggest under the Womack & Womack banner was "Teardrops," off their 1988 album Conscience.
Watch the music video for "Teardrops" here.
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