The Rolling Stones Pay Tribute to Late Soul Singer Bobby Womack

Ronnie Wood presents Bobby Womack with the 'Bluesfest Lifetime Achievement Award' in 2013.
Ronnie Wood presents Bobby Womack with the 'Bluesfest Lifetime Achievement Award' in 2013.
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The Rolling Stones have posted a message on their website in honor of legendary soul singer Bobby Womack, who died on Friday at the age of 70 after suffering from colon cancer and diabetes.

“Bobby Womack was a huge influence on us,” the note reads. “He was a true pioneer of soul and R&B, whose voice and songwriting touched millions. On stage, his presence was formidable. His talents put him up there with the greats. We will remember him, first and foremost, as a friend.”

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The Rolling Stones’ association with Womack and his music dates back to 1964 when the rock band released a cover of the song "It's All Over Now,” originally recorded by Womack’s group the the Valentinos. The Rolling Stones’ version reached the top of the U.K. singles charts.

This article first appeared on Billboard.com.

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