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Bobby Womack

Induction category: Performer
Presented by: Ron Wood


Bobby Womack (vocals, guitar; born March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014) Bobby Womack is a stalwart soul and gospel figurehead whose resume includes significant contributions across the decades as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. The son of a steelworker, he was born in Cleveland, where he and his siblings formed a gospel group at a young age. While touring with the Soul Stirrers, the Womack Brothers met that group’s lead singer, Sam Cooke. After Cooke’s move from gospel to soul, he contacted the Womacks and asked them to move to California. Bobby Womack was only 16 years old at ...

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"This is just the greatest, I'm extremely happy. My very first thought was -- I wish I could call Sam Cooke and share this moment with him. This is just about as exciting to me as being able to see Barack Obama become the first Black President of the United States of America! It proves that, if you're blessed to be able to wait on what's important to you, a lot of things will change in life. Being able to work, perform and make people happy is where it's at. I haven't been home in almost 30 years, so having this happen in my hometown is really icing on the cake. I'm looking forward to going home."

- Bobby Womack, 2009 Inductee

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