Music world pays tribute to soul legend Bobby Womack

The music world has paid tribute to "soul legend" Bobby Womack, who has died aged 70. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood said the soul singer could "make you cry when he sang" and singer Peter Gabriel added his death would "leave a big hole".

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Tributes to legendary singer/songwriter Bobby Womack

Tributes have been paid to the legendary soul singer and songwriter Bobby Womack, who has died at the age of 70. His career spanned more than half a century and saw him work with the Rolling Stones as well as musicians like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Damon Albarn.

ITV News Helen Callaghan looks at his career:

Peter Gabriel: Bobby Womack 'was a soul legend'

Bobby Womack "was a soul legend" and his death "will leave a big hole", singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel said.

Bobby Womack performing live on stage as part of the Latitude 2013 festival. Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

The soul singer was due to headline the festival WOMAD - which was co-founded by Gabriel.

In a statement on the festival's Facebook page, Gabriel said: "Very sad to learn of Bobby Womack's death. We were very proud to be having him closing this year's WOMAD Charlton Park.

"His songs and his voice have been so much a part of the fabric of so many musical lives.

"In recent years, it was great to see Richard Russell and Damon Albarn bringing his music back into our attention. He was a soul legend and will leave a big hole."


Ronnie Wood: Womack's singing could make you cry

Rolling Stones veteran Ronnie Wood, US actress Rose McGowan and British actor Kano have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to legendary soul singer Bobby Womack, who is reported to have died aged 70.


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