Saturday, May 09, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Womack & Womack

Artist:Womack & Womack
Song:Baby I'm Scared Of You
Album:Strange & Funny (The Best Of 1984-1993)

The husband and wife duo Womack & Womack first had success as songwriters and then had modest success on the R & B charts and in England in the 80s. Baby I'm Scared Of You was their biggest US hit in 1984. So are they related to soul legend Bobby Womack? Correct! Cecil Womack was Bobby's brother. He was a member of The Valentinos. Sam Cooke managed The Valentinos. Linda Womack is Sam Cooke's daughter. So they knew each other when they were kids. Cecil married Motown legend Mary Wells in 1967 and wrote some of her post Motown hits including The Doctor. Linda co-wrote the 1972 Bobby Womack hit Woman's Gotta Have It. Bobby married Sam Cooke's widow so he was Linda's stepfather. After divorcing Mary Wells in 1977, Cecil and Linda married soon after. The duo wrote several songs together. Their biggest songwriting hit was the Teddy Pendergrass hit Love TKO. Then they started performing as Womack & Womack and they signed with Elektra Records and veteran producer Stewart Levine. Baby I'm Scared Of You was the third single and it was a top 30 R & B hit. Their second album for Elektra didn't do as well and they left for Capitol's Manhattan label. Their 1986 album Starbright was barely released and they moved to Island's 4th & Broadway label. The 1988 album Conscience did better and the single Teardrops reached #3 on the British charts. After the 1991 album Family Spirit on RCA, Womack & Womack moved to Nigeria and discovered ancestral ties to the Zekkariyas tribe, they adopted African names and abandoned the Womack & Womack name and recorded as ZEK. You can get all of Womack & Womack's 80s hits on this comp from the Aussie label Raven. ZEK last recorded in 2004 and Cecil Womack died in 2013. I think Womack & Womack bounced around too many record labels to have sustained success but they are certainly worth checking out. Here's the video for Baby I'm Scared Of You by Womack & Womack.

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