I would highly recommend that you click on this link right now and download (for free) Bobby Womack’s newest song, “Please Forgive My Heart.” Billy and Dad have been absolutely loving it.
Bobby, for those who don’t remember, has been on the music scene since the early sixties. His family band The Valentinos did some sweet songs, and Bobby is often known as a guitarist for Sam Cooke and the writer of The Rolling Stones’ first hit, “It’s All Over Now.” Throughout the past five decades, he’s shown a powerful knack for channelling soul music into contemporary pop forms. I first remember hearing him back in the 80s with “If You Think You’re Lonely Now,” which may be his biggest hit.
In the seventies, Bobby is particularly remembered for “Across 110th Street” – for the movie of the same name, a particularly beloved blaxploitation flick. Interestingly, he wrote “Across 110th Street” with the great jazz trombonist J.J. Johnson. The song has also been used in Jackie Brown and American Gangster.
I’d lost track of Bobby Womack’s music for a while, but I guess that he’s been working with Mos Def and Gorillaz lately.
Now it’s the second decade of the 2000s, and he’s put out one of the coolest songs so far. Soul sure is resilient.