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US Singer/Songwriter Bobby Womack, 70, Dies

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U.S singer/songwriter Bobby Womack poses for photographs after he is presented with the 'Bluesfest Lifetime Achievement Award' for Services To Soul', at the Royal Albert Hall in west London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

U.S singer/songwriter Bobby Womack poses for photographs after he is presented with the 'Bluesfest Lifetime Achievement Award' for Services To Soul', at the Royal Albert Hall in west London, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

American soul singer Bobby Womack has died.

He started his career in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1950s in a gospel group with his brothers.

In the 1960s, the group recorded on Sam Cooke's label and switched from gospel to secular music.

Womack possessed a distinctive voice and was a powerful songwriter.

He eventually left his brothers and ventured out on his own. His hits included Across 110th Street, If You Think You're Lonely Now, That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha, and Woman's Gotta Have It.

Some of Womack's biggest hits were songs written for other artists, including Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex and Dusty Springfield.

Womack wrote and recorded with his brothers It's All Over Now, which the Rolling Stones covered. The New York Times reported the Stones' version became the group's first number-one single in Britain and their first international hit.

Bobby Womack influenced generations of performers and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

He struggled with drugs and health problems for decades and was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

He continued to work and perform after the Alzheimer's diagnosis and in 2012 released his first album in more than a decade.

His website says the 70-year-old Womack was scheduled to start a European tour next month.

When he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Womack said, "This is just about as exciting to me as being able to see Barack Obama become the first black president of the United States of America."

Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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