Bobby Womack

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2009

Inducted by: Ron Wood

Nominated in: 2009

First Eligible: 1993 Ceremony

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2019 (ranked #10 in the Sidemen (Individuals) category) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Across 110th Street (1972)
If You Think You're Lonely Now (1981)

Bobby Womack @ Wikipedia

Bobby Womack Videos


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One the true greats of Soul/Pop/R&B/Rock...the
Poet, Mr. Bobby Womack. What a singer, what
a guitarist, what a writer!

Posted by Randy Russi on Friday, 11.3.06 @ 11:36am

If anyone looked at his body of work as well as the influence he had on Rock & Roll, he will get in easily. He should've been in. Grandmaster Flash befor Bobby Womack demonstrates how little the foundation reocognizes this man. Ask the Black population about Bobby Womack. He STILL performs today and his records are priceless. He and Gil SCott Herron were the first rappers.

Posted by Todd Lawson on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 18:36pm

Legendary Soul singer. Cleveland's finest. But I don't know if he will get in on the first ballot.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 11:32am

I've never heard any of Bobby Womack's work until last year, when someone lent me his album, The Poet. Great listen, especially his tune "If You Think You're Lonely Now..". I know he's had over 40 charted singles (according to Joel Whitburn's Top R&B Singles book), so who knows, maybe he's deserving.

Posted by Jason on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 22:48pm

If you want to hear the most underated album of alltime (Source mag. 2002) check out Bobby Womacks "Resurrection". It mixes Folk, Rock and Soul. One of the most diverse records of ever and shows his amazing music range. 2009 will be the year for this most "under the radar" artist. I understand thier is a movie underway based on his autobigoraphy which is a must read. It dates back to the 1950's and chronicles his move from Cleveland to La.
I'm an obvious fan who still catches at least one of his shows each year.

Posted by tsl on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 14:37pm


Posted by trlbjb on Tuesday, 12.16.08 @ 18:10pm

Check out The Preacher's songs on You Tube.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:30pm

Wow I'm glad he got in.

Posted by Leon on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 15:42pm

So am I. Kinda pissed the Stooges missed, but Womack deserves it, I think. If I'd voted, I'd have gone Womack, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Stooges, War, and Metallica.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 16:00pm


Posted by MARION.BISHOP on Saturday, 01.17.09 @ 11:28am

"The Poet" Bobby Womack finally gets his just reward. Mr. Womack is truely deserving of this honor. Listen to his "Resurrection" cd to enjoy the full range and power in his voice. The track "Coming Home" is a hard pounding rock showcase. He has performed with all time legends - Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Ronald Isley, Wilton Felder, Rod Stewart and many others. Bobby, your time is again at hand, enjoy every minute of this well deserved honor. God Bless.

Posted by ned lucero on Thursday, 01.22.09 @ 00:45am

On Bobby Womack, one person is so right. you want hear a helluva rock song; listen to "Coming Home' on his Resurrection cd. I play it all the time. An original Rock and Roller.

Posted by tsl on Thursday, 01.22.09 @ 08:44am

" Okay, lets take a look at the Inductees.
Everyone and their mother figured Metallica, Run DMC, and Jeff Beck would get in. Those were the headliners, right? But Little Anthony & the Imperials and Bobby Womack?!?! I love both of them, don't get me wrong, but over The Stooges or War?!
It is starting to feel like there is some reverse discrimination going on here or something. Are there affirmative action rules that the majority of inductees must always be Black? Geez, at the rate they're going, Ja Rule and Lil Wayne will be inducted before Rush or Genesis!" - Jonny.

O.K. , Let's check the facts . NO R&B ACT HAS BEEN INDUCTED IN THE LAST 3 YEARS. And now that a few have ...Everybody wants to make a big fuss about it ? You call THAT "affirmative action" ??

Time is NOT on the side of Little Anthony & The Imperials...they are all approaching 70 years of age, have been around since the late '50's , and should have been inducted YEARS AGO. Same with Bobby Womack. He started with his brothers, THE VALENTINOS, during that same era (late 50's)...had many big R&B hits with them...including "It's All Over Now (written by Bobby)...which the Rolling Stones STOLE from them (which they did with many other R&B artist's hits ,such as THE MIRACLES' "Going To A Go-Go",Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle",and Irma Thomas' "Time Is On My Side"...and THEY'RE STILL NOT IN THE HALL) and had a bigger hit with it...and now they (The Stones)get into the hall AHEAD of Bobby, The Valentinos, AND The Miracles. Bobby is one of the MOST INFLUENTIAL songwriters,producers, and session guitarists in the industry. He wrote "Breezin" for George Benson,(the hit title song from the biggest - selling Jazz album of ALL TIME), "I'm In Love" and "I've Found A True Love " (a Valentinos original) for Wilson Pickett, played on and arranged Aretha's "Lady Soul" album ...probably her biggest album EVER...a Billboard #1 smash album with 3 Top 10 singles from it..."Chain of Fools" (#2 Pop), and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (#8 Pop), and "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (#5 Pop), Over 40 CHART HITS OF HIS OWN AS A SOLO ARTIST, Wrote songs for Janis Joplin,Sly & The Family Stone,Gabor Szabo,Joe Tex,The Box Tops,Chaka Khan & Rufus,Kelly Rowland, and many more. His songs,production, and session work have have benefited artists in Rock, Pop, Jazz,and Soul/R&B...and have for the last 45 years...and yet there still BOZOS on this site saying "who is HE ?" "NEVER heard of HIM" and "Why does HE merit induction" ?
Two things that I've said before many times on this site;

1)Just because an artist doesn't seem important to fans of White, guitar- based Rock music,doesn't mean they don't belong in The Hall.(in Bobby's case , as a guitarist, he is one of the all-time best).

2) If you don't know, or aren't familiar with an artist's history,career, or accomplishments,instead of dismissing them as not influential, or unimportant...go to Wikipedia, All Music Guide , or other important books or sources...and read up on that artist to SEE what they've done.
I think you'll be suprised.
Bobby Womack and Little Anthony & The Imperials definitely belong in the RRHOF. As for Run DMC... well,they could have waited a few more years. I would have much rather seen THE MIRACLES get their slot.

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 02.14.09 @ 08:54am

Bobby Womack is pure genius in the most soulful sense of the word.

Posted by Pelli on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 21:37pm

"If You Think You're Lonely Now" is the most monumental song of Bobby Womack's career. It's been covered and sampled many times, but these COPYCAT versions CAN'T HOLD A CANDLE TO THE ORIGINAL...which is why he sang it on the night of his RRHOF induction.

His brothers, THE VALENTINOS, should also be considered, as they were a pioneering R&B group who influenced many other artists.

Posted by Bill G. on Friday, 03.9.12 @ 10:47am

Bobby Womack is nominated for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.13.12 @ 20:46pm

RIP, Bobby Womack

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 06.27.14 @ 20:51pm

I saw Bobby Womack perform at Bonnaroo two weeks ago today, and he put on one of the most amazing, underrated performances there. I never thought it would be the last time as it was believed he was still going strong. Don't get me wrong, I knew he was having health problems (diabetes), but he was ready to tour Europe this summer.

I'll admit it I was questioning why he was inducted back in 2009 but now I believe he is one of the most important figures in rock and roll that no one has heard of. May he rest now

Posted by Jason Voigt on Saturday, 06.28.14 @ 19:22pm

Wow, Jason. I wish I'd seen him too. Glad you got to see him.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 06.30.14 @ 07:28am

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