#907: 1972, Bobby Womack, Across 110th Street

by Jackie_South on June 28, 2014

Bobby Womack was in a bad way when he died yesterday: suffering from diabetes, prostate cancer, heart trouble, colon cancer, pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease. A child star mentored by Sam Cooke, a twenty-year old Womack wrote It’s All Over Now, which the Stones promptly covered to give them their first number one.

Eight years later, Womack wrote Across 110th Street as the title song for a long since forgotten Blaxploitation film (the song is nowadays better known from Tarantino’s Jackie Brown). The song is a brutal telling of the struggles of African Americans in Harlem (110th Street is the border between Harlem and the wealthy Upper East Side). It feels authentic, even though Womack was actually from Cleveland.

I was the third brother of five,
Doing whatever I had to do to survive.
I’m not saying what I did was alright,
Trying to break out of the ghetto was a day to day fight.

Bobby Womack (04.03.1944 – 27.06.2014) RIP.

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