The Rolling Stones are among the many artists paying tribute to the late singer-songwriter Bobby Womack, who died this week at the age of 70. Womack was instrumental in launching The Stones early in their career, having penned their first U.K. No 1 single "It's All Over Now" and worked with The Stones on their 1986 studio album Dirty Work,
According to an article posted June 28 at BBC.com, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer passed away on June 27. Cause of death of the ex-Valentinos star is currently unknown, but Womack suffered from a number of health issues in recent years, including diabetes, prostate cancer, heart trouble, colon cancer, pneumonia and Alzheimers disease.
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood inducted Womack into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Wood led the many tributes to the veteran soul singer, posting on the loss to his official Twitter page, writing, "I'm so sad to hear about my friend Bobby Womack ~ the man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes."
The Rolling Stones also posted collectively about their feelings of loss at the soul singer's passing. The Stones released the following statement on their official website at RollingStones.com, "He was a true pioneer of soul and R&B, whose voice and songwriting touched millions. On stage, his presence was formidable. His talents put him up there with the greats. We will remember him, first and foremost, as a friend."
The Stones continued with their 14 On Fire Tour in Europe this week, performing to a sold out crowd of 60,000 on June 25 in Madrid, Spain and, earlier in the week, rocking 71,000 spectators at Rome's historic Circus Maximus. The legendary British rocker's next stop will be in Werchter, Belgium for a headline festival appearance at TW Classic, being held at Werchter's Festivalpark on Sat., June 28. For more details, check out RollingStones.com.
Did you know? Bobby Womack performed backing vocals and electric guitar on The Rolling Stones track "Back to Zero" from their 1986 studio album Dirty Work.