Bobby Womack's Top Ten Career Highlights

Bobby Womack would have turned 72 years old on March 4, 2016

During his 50 year recording career, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bobby Womack distinguished himself as an outstanding solo artist, composer, producer, and guitarist. He collaborated with numerous stars including The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Sly and The Family Stone, Sam Cooke, Ronald Isley, Patti LaBelle, and Bill Withers. Womack composed The Stones' first number one single, "It's All Over Now," and also wrote Wilson's Pickett's' hits "I'm In Love" and "I'm a Midnight Mover." His songs were also recorded by George Benson (Breezin' "), Janis Joplin ("Trust Me"), and Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan ("Stop On By"). As a solo artist, Womack released 28 studio albums. He was also a highly in demand session guitarist, recording with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles.

Womack began his career at the age of ten performing with his family group Curtis Womack and the Womack Brothers which signed with Cooke's SAR label. He passed away on June 27, 2014 at his home in Tarzana, California at the age of 70. He suffered from prostate cancer, colon cancer, pneumonia, and Alzheimer's disease.

Here are "Ten Reasons Why Bobby Womack Was 'The Poet."

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April 4, 2009 - Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bobby Womack and Ron Wood at the 24th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. Scott Legato/FilmMagic

On April 4, 1999, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones inducted Bobby Womack into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.

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1985 - 'So Many Rivers' album released

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In 1985, Bobby Womack released his So Many Rivers album featuring "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much" which hit number two on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

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1984 - 'The Poet II' album released

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In 1984, Bobby Womack released The Poet II album featuring three duets with Patti LaBelle, including "Love Has Finally Come at Last" which hit number three on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

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1981 - 'The Poet" album released

Bobby Womack. Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

In 1981, Bobby Womack hit number one on the Billboard R&B album chart with The Poet featuring the single "If You Think You're Lonely Now" which hit number three on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

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1974 - "Looking For A Love" hit number one

Bobby Womack. GAB Archive/Redferns

On January 11,1974, Bobby Womack released his Looking For a Love Again album which hit number five on the Billboard R&B chart. The title tune, "Lookin' for A Love" reached number one on the R&B singles chart.

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1973 - 'Facts of Life' album released

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On June 8, 1973, Bobby Womack released his Facts of Life album featuring his single "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out" which hit number two on the Billboard R&B chart.

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1972 - "Woman's Gotta Have It" hit number one

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In 1972, Bobby Womack hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart "Woman's Gotta Have It" from his Understanding album. 

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1971 - Records with Sly and The Family Stone

Bobby Womack performing with Sly Stone. Ebet Roberts/Redferns

In 1971. Bobby Womack played guitar on Sly and The Family Stone's  classic There's a Riot Goin' On album.

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September 15, 1971 - "Communication' album released

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On September 15, 1971, Bobby Womack released his Communication album featuring his single "That's The Way I Feel About Cha" which hit number two on the Billboard R&B Singles chart  Actress Pam Grier sang background on the album.

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1964 - Rolling Stones record "It's All Over Now"

Bobby Womack with The Rolling Stones. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In 1964, The Rolling Stones hit number one for the first time on the United Kingdom music chart with Bobby Womack's composition, "It's All Over Now."