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Bobby Womack: Across 110th Street

  • Directed by James Maycock
  • United Kingdom, 2013, 60 mins., English

Soul singer Bobby Womack (1944-2014) started his career in the 1950s as a member of the gospel group The Womack Brothers. By the 1960s, he was singing and playing guitar for Sam Cooke, mentored by James Brown, and soon had the Rolling Stones (“It’s All Over Now”) and Wilson Pickett recording his songs. After working as a session guitarist with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Ray Charles, and Sly & the Family Stone, Womack finally emerged as a major soul star in his own right with hits like “Across 110th Street,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” and “Lookin’ for a Love,” the beginning of an eclectic career that involved diverse musical associations in all genres and a multitude of ups and downs fueled by an erratic, and sometimes tragic personal life. James Maycock’s BBC-made portrait chronicles one amazing singer and career: “Soul-music genius Bobby Womack had talent to burn—and he burned it.”—Rolling Stone.

Genres: Documentary