Raphael Saadiq Honors Bobby Womack With A Touching Tribute Song (Audio)

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For over 25 years, Raphael Saadiq has been a true master at honoring the natural lineage of great ’60s and ’70s Soul and R&B music. The Bay area native has made albums that seem anachronistic at times, like time capsules from the Motown and Essex record label days, with sweet melodies, innocent love lyrics, and when necessary, some socially pulsating commentary.

A diligent student of the masters, “Ray” (as he’s known to close ones) made a joint in Bobby Womack’s honor, the type of singer that Saadiq channels often in his vast and versatile career. The song is aptly called “Gonna Miss U”…

“Bobby Womack is one of my musical soul International known Heroes,” Raphael Saadiq wrote on his SoundCloud page. “Never had to chance to work with him, or even talk to him, But I did get a chance to shake his hand and say hello, although he didn’t know when I spoke to him, [it] felt like I knew him for a very long time, my parents would always play Bobby Womack Records in the house, and I continued to listen to them, So, much love to Bobby Womack and his Family, Here’s Toast to Bobby, a song I finished last night after I heard the news.”

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