In Memoriam: Country Stars We Lost in 2014

A pop-country icon and the International Ambassador of Country Music were just a few of the legendary singers who died in 2014

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Bobby Womack
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Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack spent his adolescence singing with his brothers in the Sam Cooke-mentored vocal group the Valentinos, writing pop-infused soul tracks such as "Everybody Wants to Fall in Love" and "It's All Over Now," which was eventually recorded by the Rolling Stones. Womack was one of the most influential R&B, soul and funk artists in the Sixties and Seventies, but in 1976, he took a left turn, reuniting with his brothers and his father for his oft-overlooked Bobby Womack Goes C&W album. The daring collection, which seamlessly fused Chicago soul with the Sixties' Countrypolitan Nashville sound, angered Womack's label, resulting in the loss of his record deal. "Charley Pride was the only black man singing [country and Western]," Womack said of the album. "Now there was another black man who wanted to give it a shot."

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