Great soul singers are a rare breed these days, and that list just got “even more” rare. Legendary singer Bobby Womack passed away this weekend at the age of 70. Because of the category that he was placed in, his music was not played on all stations, but mostly the Black ones. That was because his music, his style and his voice were purely “soul” in nature. He sang with feeling and he would take a melodic line and just “play” with it. He didn’t have a lot of finesse to his voice. In fact, he often sounded rough when singing, but the way he made his votes reverberate through the air impressed just about all who came to his shows. I saw him in concert years ago, and it takes a lot to impress me when performing onstage. Well, his show was nothing less than awesome. The only thing was that he decided to “take his shirt off” in the middle of his performance and once he did all the women in my section started yelling out “Please put it back on.” If you have never heard of this man’s material, I invite you to check out some favorites of mine. “Across 110th street, Daylight, I can Understand it, Woman’s gotta have it, That’s the way I feel about ya, If You think You’re lonely Now, I’m looking for a love,” and my all time favorite, “Harry Hippie.” A lot of old time soul singers rarely got “cross over” attention, because they sounded “way too Black” to be featured on Pop stations. Bobby was one of those. You could tell by listening to the sound of his voice that he was “clearly” R&B. However, if you like “music that you can feel” then I invite you to check out the full music story of Bobby Womack. He may be gone, but his music should never be forgotten. Thank you and have a great day.