Footsteps on the dance floor, reminds me baby of you… Cecil Womack 1947 – 2013

0 Posted by - Feb 8, 2013 - News and MP3s, RIP

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Womack & Womack – “Missin’ Persons Bureau (Folk Version)”

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Cecil Womack – who has died aged 65 – was an accomplished producer and songwriter but is best known as one half of husband and wife pop soul duo Womack & Womack.  Anyone growing up during their 80′s heyday will be familiar with “Teardrops” and “Love Wars”, in my case both the original and The Beautiful South’s take on the classic.

To say the story of how the couple got together is a complicated one is an understatement, but it’s explained in a 1994 interview with The Independent “How We Met”.
The daughter of Sam Cooke, Linda Womack was 8 and Cecil 14 when they first met, three years later when her dad was shot, Cecil proposed to her. She turned down the “beautiful gesture” on the grounds they were too young.  Barely a month after Cooke’s death Cecil’s brother Bobby married his widow, and according to Womack’s autobiography also had a relationship with Linda.  Cecil meanwhile married “My Guy” singer Mary Wells, producing and co-writing tracks like 1968′s “The Doctor”.

The pair divorced a decade later after Mary began an affair with Cecil’s older brother Curtis.

So far so complicated but in 1979 Linda & Cecil met again, married and spent the next 34 years recording and writing together.