Saturday, 30 November 2013

Classic Hit Records Written By Bobby Womack (Part 2)

In “Nobody wants you when you’re down and out” You can hear the intricate play between voice and guitar within possibly one of the most cooking grooves. Its like he can’t wait to sing those lyrics. Bobby tells it how it is. His style thankfully doesn’t allow for second thoughts and lyrical changes. 

What he’s saying is always personal and often in the first person. Tunes like “That’s the way I feel about Cha” and “If you want my love, put something down on it” demonstrate Bobby’s amazing musical range and skill in the softer register as well as on the James brown meter. 

He encompasses falsetto traits of Al Green, the despairing vulnerability of Marvin Gaye and screaming sensation of James brown. All these geniuses and really Bobby is right up there with them, in them and they are in him. Bobby Womack simply is not one artist. Like all giants he is beyond genre. The fact he has written for and been covered by so many is testament to that fact.

This album recorded by 
The Rolling Stones includes the hit
single "It's All Over Now"

When you put on a Bobby Womack CD, You ‘re never alone. You have Bobby talking to you- giving you advice- roaring at you to make you understand what he’s been through. Bobby is probably the most under rated music artist alive today. God bless Bobby. We thank him for being Bobby Womack and being there for us.

These are some of classic hit recordings written by Womack:

The Rolling Stones achieved their first UK Pop number one on 16th July 1964 with a song entitled “ It’s All Over Now”; co written Bobby with is sister Shirley Womack extracted from classic hit album 12 X 5 recorded at the famous Chess recording studios in Chicago on 10th June 1964. 

The triple platinum album "Breezin"



      Researched and compiled by               

       Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   
        ©RCM Music/Signaturesoundsonline2013 


The second song was the title track Breezin’ performed by George Benson; which was number one on the Billboard Album chart listings under three separate genres; Jazz, Pop and R&B. By 22nd October 1984, the Breezin album achieved triple platinum status for over three million copies sold in North America. 

Friday, 29 November 2013

Classic Hit Records Written By Bobby Womack (Part 1)

Bobby Womack

I would describe Bobby as a “Soul Folk Singer” What I mean by that is that where other great Soul songs might include deep-rooted religious lyrics whether to do with despair, hope or celebration or they might be super smooth love stories/serenades Bobby’s take and delivery is his very own. Of course he is a teacher preacher. He does that very well, but his delivery is very much his own.

 His frequent talking in the intro section of songs and his subsequent “stream of consciousness” style content is more conversational than other artists’ “carefully crafted lyrics”. What can appear as ramblings are always confirmed as his most heartfelt feelings? This makes his experience more plausible, more believable. His words often echo of a heart to heart one might have with a loved one. He is lyrically personable. One cannot help like and trust the man.

Musically his songs are never stagnant. Whatever he’s singing about, his story is real. We know that from the manner in which his vocals can go from sweet melancholy, to simmering frustration right to that Womack (Brown-like) eruption in the space of a line.

                 Researched and compiled by                            
                 Mr K Tomlin Music Historian 
                 ©RCM Music/Signaturesoundsonline2013 

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Kevin Tomlin has over 34 years of teaching experience in Jamaica, England and America, including 15 years teaching music history of black origin and visual art in South Florida, U.S.A., through Arts in Education. Tomlin created special training programmes and workshops for music teachers in South Florida schools, using music history as the foundation, to build exciting programmes of study and support materials for education professionals. Since 2000, he’s taught music history, geography, religious education, history, visual arts and performing arts at schools in Hertfordshire and Essex, at both primary and secondary levels. He conducts research and provides consultancy services for multi-media organisations, schools, recording artists, cultural and faith-based groups and entertainment professionals.

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