Cecil Womack dies at age 65

Cecil Womack, best known as a member of the famous Womack clan and one-half of the songwriting and singing duo Womack and Womack (with wife Linda), has died in Africa at the age of 65. With hits like "Baby I'm Scared of You" and "Teardrops," Womack and Womack became critical favorites.  In addition, they wrote terrific material for artists such as George Benson ("New Day") and Teddy Pendergrass ("Love TKO").  Cecil and  Linda moved to Africa in the 90s.  They later recorded with their seven children as The House of Zekkariyas, and released the album Sub Conscience in 2002. 

Many Soul music fans believe that, when tracing back the roots of modern Soul, all roads ran through Sam Cooke.  Well, that was literally true in the case of the singing/songwriting duo Womack & Womack.  Cecil Womack was one of the famous Womack brothers (the most notable being Bobby Womack) and was a member of the Valentinos, the sibling singing group that was mentored by Sam Cooke before his tragic death. He was also the former husband of deceased Motown great, Mary Wells.  Linda Womack is Sam Cooke's daughter (and was for a time Bobby's stepdaughter) and became Cecil's wife and musical partner. Read our full biography of Womack and Womack.