Bobby Womack Confessed The Dark Side Of Marrying Friend Sam Cooke’s Wife- ‘My Family Was…’

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This is further proof that our favorite entertainers aren’t perfect; they’re simply humans who create perfect music, but not perfect humans by far, just like the rest us.

And boy oh boy, did our late, great soul legend Bobby Womack, have some problems to go with his musical success.

How Bobby Womack Ended Up Marrying Friend, Sam Cooke’s, Wife 

For starters, let’s dig into what Mr. Womack revealed in his book, about his family abandoning him after he married Barbara Cooke.

Bobby married his mentor, Sam Cooke’s, wife, Barbara, just a few months after Sam was killed in 1964.

That caught many by surprise, because they’re history goes way back. Sam helped Bobby and his brothers get a recording contract and they became good friends after that.

However, shortly after Cooke’s [email protected], Womack offered counsel and comfort to Cooke’s widow, Barbara.

But just three months after Cooke’s [email protected] -and just as Womack turned 21 years old- he went a step further, marrying Cooke’s still-grieving wife. He claimed she needed a shoulder to lean on at that time, so he went for it.

Womack’s Career Suffered & Cooke’s Brothers Beat Him

That caused a myriad of problems for Bobby Womack back then. Black radio reportedly abandoned him, by not playing any of his music for a long while.

Sam’s brothers [email protected] him up in Chicago and wanted to kll him.

Then his own family abandoned him. According to Bobby Womack:

“My brothers were reluctant to be around me. They knew the threats that were out there [email protected] me for marrying Barbara (Sam Cooke’s widow).

They didn’t know what to do, but without them I was totally alone, all by myself, and, because my father and mother had been against the marriage to Barbara, there was no family in my corner.”

Other debts included an unpaid loan for $400,000. Bobby Womack’s valued assets totaled approximately $7,250; and he reportedly had a cash reserve of $52,000…not enough to cover his debts.


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