We are sad to report that soul singer Cecil Womack has passed away aged 65.
The R&B singer, songwriter and producer, who founded a gospel group with his brothers Harry, Curtis and Friendly and Bobby in the 50s which then evolved into The Valentinos under Sam Cooke‘s wing, was living with his wife Linda in Africa when he died on Friday (Feb 1st).
Though Bobby may be the most-recognised of the brothers, Cecil had a successful career starting out as a singer and eventually taking a backseat from the limelight to become a prominent songwriter, penning hits including “I Just Want To Satisfy You” by The O’Jays, “Love Symphony” for Patti LaBelle and the unforgettable Teddy Pendergrass song “Love TKO”.
In later years Cecil along with his wife, the daughter of the soul pioneer Sam Cooke, moved to Nigeria after discovering ancestral ties to the Zekkariyas tribe and adopted the name Zekuumba Zekkariyas.
R.I.P. Cecil Womack (September 25, 1947 – February 1, 2013)