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Bobby Womack, the soul singer who let the pains of his life live louder and larger in his music died Friday. He was 70. The news was confirmed by a representative at Womack’s label XL Recordings.

A cause of death has yet to be determined.

Womack’s near six decade career began as a tutor under Sam Cooke as Womack and his brothers Curtis, Harry, Cecil & Friendly performed in the band Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers. While landing on Cooke’s SAR Records, the group released “It’s All Over Now” as the Valentinos. A month after its release, the Rolling Stones released their version, quickly rising to #1 on the charts.

Cooke died after a dispute with a girlfriend in 1964. Three months following his murder, Womack married his widow Barbara Campbell and the Valentinos subsequently broke up. He struck solo, playing instruments for the likes of Aretha Franklin and others before releasing his debut album Fly Me To The Moon in 1968. He would continue to record throughout the 70s, including classic albums Understanding, Across 110th Street amongst others.

The death of his brother Harry in 1974 emotionally crippled him but he bounced back with his most known single, 1981’s “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”. The decade wore on Womack as he battled drug addiction and forced himself to go to rehab. Health problems dogged him for the remainder of his career from colon cancer to early onset Alzheimer’s, pneumonia and more. He still was recording, helping UK producer Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz outfit on their 2010 album Plastic Beach before recording The Bravest Man In The Universe, his first full length recording in more than a decade in 2012.

Womack was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

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