Gotta admit that I gasped when I read the news this afternoon: Bobby Womack, dead at 70. I'll skip the bio and just give you a sampling of songs he wrote and some of the artists who covered them: "It's All Over Now" (Rolling Stones); "Lookin' For a Love" (J. Geils Band); "Trust Me" (Janis Joplin); "You're Welcome/Stop On By" (Rufus); "Breezin' " (George Benson); "That's the Way I Feel About 'Cha"; and "Across 110th Street."
Womack was also a great guitarist who played on Aretha Franklin's "Lady Soul" album and on Sly Stone's "There's a Riot Goin' On."
He was also adventuresome, recording "For the Want of a Nail" on Todd Rundgren's 1989 album "Nearly Human" and, late in his career, performing on the Damon Albarn/Gorillaz' "Plastic Beach" album, which led to Albarn producing Womack's 2012 album, "The Bravest Man In the Universe."
Here are a couple of cuts — one classic and one from the Gorillaz album: