The Rolling Stones wrote that Bobby Womack “was a huge influence on us” in a message posted on their website
“Bobby Womack was a huge influence on us,” the note reads. “He was a true pioneer of soul and R&B, whose voice and songwriting touched millions. On stage, his presence was formidable. His talents put him up there with the greats. We will remember him, first and foremost, as a friend.”
The Rolling Stones’ association with Womack and his music dates back to 1964 when the rock band released a cover of the song "It's All Over Now,” originally recorded by Womack’s group the the Valentinos. The Rolling Stones’ version reached the top of the U.K. singles charts.
About 10 years later, Womack collaborated with Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood on the guitarist's second solo album, "Now Look." And in 1986, with the help of Womack on backing vocals, the Rolling Stones scored a No. 5 hit on the Hot 100 with their cover of "Harlem Shuffle.”
Other artists who’ve recently paid tribute to Womack include Q-Tip, the Red Hot Chili Pepper's Flea, El-P, A-Trak, DJ Premiere, Arsenio Hall, MC Hammer, Big Boi, CeeLo Green, indie rockers PAPA, Ronald Isley and many others.