Friday, January 16, 2009

BW Goes CW (And To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)!

Bobby Womack - Point of No Return

Congratulations are in order for legendary soul singer/songwriter Bobby Womack, who has been named as one of the 2009 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From his early associations with Sam Cooke (first as a member of gospel's The Womack Brothers and then as one of The Valentinos) to his streak of songwriting successes for Wilson Pickett in the '60s, to his major successes as a solo artist in the '70s, Womack is truly deserving of the honor. (It should be noted that Spooner Oldham, Southern soul songwriter, will also be inducted, under the "sideman" category; although he has written and co-written so many great songs that make him worthy of the honor, the mere fact that he co-wrote "Dark End of the Street" is enough, in my book!)

Bobby Womack would directly take on country music with his 1976 LP B.W. Goes C.W., the commercial failure of which closed out his tenure with United Artists Records, but "Point of No Return," from 1974's Lookin' For a Love Again, is a fine country song given a great reading by Womack, who does a great job building up the song's intensity as he expresses mounting frustration, from the introductory accusation, "baby, if the cake ain't missing, how'd that icing get all over you?" onwards. Congrats Bobby!

(CORRECTION SECTION - As the commenter below noted, I got my songwriters mixed up re: "Dark End of the Street." The songs the commenter correctly names as Oldham compositions are all very good.)


Honey Cut said...

man! he should've already been in there. wasn't "Across 110th Street" one of the most poetic songs that gave a vivid description of the ghetto/urban neighborhoods?

much love to Mr. Womack

rpj said...

Not to be a pain, but Spooner didn't write "From the Dark End of the Street"--it was Dan Penn and Chips Moman (let's get those guys in the HoF!). Spooner did co-write "It Tears Me Up" and "Out of Left Field," amongst many other, which is enough in my book. Keep up the good work.

The Stepfather of Soul said...

Don't consider yourself a pain. I caught that mistake yesterday but hadn't got around to making the correction. You're right about all of them needing to be in the Hall of Fame!