Even if you weren't aware of Womack in the 1960s, you knew the Stones cover of "It's All Over Now", and even if you weren't paying that keen an eye to 1970s soul men no named Green, you knew "Across 110th Street".
More recently, he sang lead with Gorillaz on a coupla hits including "Stylo" and was the best thing about their MSG gig a coupla years ago.
So his great friend, the equally legendary Funkadelic drummer Bootsy Collin's, recent tweets about Bobby's illness is bad news indeed. Here is what Bootsy said according to contact.com
''Funkateers, Send Prayers & Love Vibes Up for Bobby Womack. He is Fighting Pneumonia in the Hospital Now. Will Update After I talk to Him. Thx u all (sic).''
He later added: ''We Pray for Bobby Womack Right Now, TO BE HEALED FROM PNEUMONIA AND ANY OTHER AILMENT HE IS FIGHTING AT THIS TIME. THIS SONG GOES OUT TO MY FRIEND BOBBY WE DID ON MY LATEST ALBUM (sic).''
Bootsy later added to his post on facebook, revealing Bobby had been diagnosed with cancer, but saying he remains upbeat.
He wrote: ''I JUST SPOKE TO OUR FRIEND BOBBY WOMACK. He Wanted You All to Know That He Loves You & Thxs for the Prayers".
''Docs Says He Is In 1st Stage of Colon Cancer, He is Very Up Beat About His Future, we laughed & joked before we hung up. Thxs Funkateers, we will get him Back on the One''