Cecil Womack dies

Cecil and Linda Womack

Cecil and Linda Womack

Soul and disco singer and producer Cecil Womack has died in Africa aged 65.

Cecil Womack has died.

The 'Teardrops' hitmaker passed away aged 65 in Africa, where he lived with his wife and writing partner Linda, on Friday (01.02.13).

Cecil had started out in a gospel group with his brothers Bobby, Harry, Friendly and Curtis, who were spotted by Sam Cooke. They changed their name to The Valentinos and found success but Cecil preferred working behind the scenes and the group drifted apart.

Cecil was for a time married to Motown singer Mary Wells, and wrote hits for groups including The O'Jays, Patti LaBelle and George Benson in the 70s and 80s.

After his marriage to Mary, Cecil started recording as Womack and Womack with Linda, the daughter of Cooke, who he went on to marry. They made six albums together and penned hits including 'Baby I'm Scared of You', 'M.P.B. (Missing Person's Bureau)' and 'Teardrops', which reached number three in the UK charts. Their last release was 'Secret Star' in 1993.

In recent years Cecil and Linda had moved to Africa in order to explore their African heritage. In accordance with his last wishes, Cecil's ashes will be scattered in a local river.

While Cecil had retired from music, his brothers continue to be involved in various projects, most notably Bobby, who released his 'The Bravest Man in the Universe' record last year.


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