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US legend of soul Bobby Womack dies at age 70

AFP, LOS ANGELES

Legendary US soul artist Bobby Womack, who influenced and wrote for generations of musicians, died on Friday aged 70, a spokeswoman said.

Womack wrote a string of R&B staples, including It’s All Over Now — which went to No. 1 for British rockers The Rolling Stones and Lookin’ for A Love.

The singer started out performing with his brothers in the 1950s and later a band called the Valentinos.

Sonya Kolowrat, a spokeswoman for his label XL, Recordings, confirmed his death, but said she had no further details.

Womack, who was credited with influencing generations of acts, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

He struggled with drugs and health problems for decades, but in 2012 released a comeback album, The Bravest Man in the Universe.

Although he had long had health woes, he was due to go on tour in Europe next month — his Web site listed shows in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Britain in the second half of next month and the start of August.

Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a musical family, forming The Womack Brothers gospel group with his siblings, managed by their father.

Their career took off when they were signed by Cooke to his label Sar Records and renamed The Valentinos in 1962.

After Cooke died in 1964, the Valentinos floundered, and Womack launched his solo career.

Some of his biggest hits were songs written for other stars, including Pickett, Franklin, Joe Tex and Dusty Springfield.

In the early 1970s he recorded hits of his own, including That’s The Way I Feel About Cha and Woman’s Gotta Have It.

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