The cause of his death was not yet known, according to his
publicist, Sonya Kolowrat at XL Recordings.
Womack, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
2009, started performing gospel music with his brothers in the
1950s. He became a major figure in the rhythm and blues genre in
a career that lasted seven decades.
As the lead singer of The Valentinos, the band he formed with
his brothers in the 1960s, Womack scored a hit with "Lookin' For
A Love." After the band broke up, Womack played guitar and
worked with popular artists such as Aretha Franklin, Dusty
Springfield and Ray Charles.
Womack, a prolific songwriter, composed songs across the rock
and soul genres. His hits included "It's All Over Now," recorded
by the Rolling Stones in 1964, and "Trust Me" for Janis Joplin,
which was released after she died.
His solo singing career produced a string of hits, including
1972's "That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha" and "Woman's Gotta
Womack had struggled with health issues in recent years,
including diabetes, prostate cancer, heart trouble, colon cancer
and pneumonia. Last year, he said he was beginning to show early
symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Ken Wills and Jan
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