Harry Womack

Harry Womack

Original Name Harris
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 7 Mar 1974 (aged 28)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Garden of Everlasting Peace
Memorial ID 19738 · View Source
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Singer, Composer, Musician. He received notoriety as an American Rhythm and Blues singer during the mid-20th century. He was an original member of the quintet, “The Valentinos,” singing tenor and playing brass guitar with his brother, Bobby Womack being the lead singer. Along with his brothers Bobby, Cecil, Friendly, Jr. and Curtis, he began singing gospel in his father's Baptist church, and known as “The Womack Brothers”. Around 1956 Harry and his brothers were discovered by Sam Cooke who later signed the group to his record label SAR. After releasing two singles " Lookin For A Love" in 1962 and “It's All Over Now” in 1964, the group became successful. Both singles sold millions of copies, and Sam changed the group's name from the “Womack Brothers” to “The Valentinos.” Although their father was not pleased, the group also stopped producing gospel music. After the sudden death of Sam Cooke in December of 1964, SAR Records folded. The group disbanded, but reorganized and moved to Chess Records in 1966 where they had little success. Bobby left the group in 1967, and by the 1970's the remaining Valentinos had disbanded. In 1973 Friendly, Jr., Curtis and Harry reformed “The Valentinos” with Coltillion Records and recorded "I Can Understand It.” His last professional recording was singing backup tenor on Bobby's album “Lookin' for a Love Again,” which was released in January of 1974. He was stabbed to death by his girlfriend during a domestic argument. The next week, his last recording reached number-one on the Rhythm and Blues chart and number-ten on the pop record chart, and later it sold two million copies. Ever since his brother's death, Bobby Womack's recording "Harry Hippie" in 1973 has been dedicated to his brother, Harry.

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