My Breakfast in Bed

In March of 1964, the family musical R&B group from Cleveland, Ohio the Valentinos, recorded the defiant breakup single ‘It’s All Over Now’ which was written by Bobby Womack and his sister-in-law Shirley Jean Womack.  The Valentinos version entered the Billboard Hot 100 on June 27, 1964, staying on the chart for two weeks, peaking at #94.  Disc jockey “Murray the K” suggested to The Rolling Stones that they should cover this song and 3 weeks later The Rolling Stones had their first #1 hit in the UK with this in July 1964 and it peaked at #26 in the US.  Bobby Womack was not very happy with what the Stones did to his song, but he cashed all of his royalty checks, and 20 years later, he was a guest musician on their Dirty Work album.

Besides The Rolling Stones covering his songs, the American singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bobby Womack had his songs covered by and the J. Geils Band who did ‘Lookin’ for a Love’, Janis Joplin covered ‘Trust Me’, and George Benson covered ‘Breezin’’.  Womack worked in the studio with Janis on her last album, Pearl, and they became close, and apparently his car inspired Joplin to write ‘Mercedes Benz’.  Womack’s grew up in Cleveland and his soulful compositions and accomplished musicianship made him one of the most highly regarded rhythm-and-blues (R&B) performers of the late 20th century.  Womack had five brothers; he was the third of 5 sons and he had to share a bed with his brothers, Friendly Jr., Curtis, Harry and Cecil.  When they were children, their father, a steelworker and amateur singer, organized them into a gospel vocal group called the Womack Brothers.  Womack was 10 years old when he started making records with his family. He has been an active recording artist since the early 1960s where he started his career as the lead singer of his The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist.

Shortly after Cooke was shot and killed in Los Angeles in 1964, Womack married his widow, Barbara, but they divorced in 1970.  Barbara ended their marriage abruptly when she found Bobby in bed with her teenage daughter (his stepdaughter) Linda.  Barbara shot him with a .32, grazing his temple; he ran out of the house and later Linda later married Bobby’s younger brother Cecil, and they formed the successful R&B duo Womack & Womack.  Womack’s career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.  Legendary soul singer-songwriter-guitarist Bobby Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and he died on June 27, 2014, at the age of 70.

Well baby used to stay out all night long
She made me cry, she done me wrong
Hurt, my eyes open, baby that’s no lie
Tables turning now, it’s her turn to cry

Chorus
Because I used to love her
But it’s all over now
Yes I used to love her
But it’s all over now

Well I used to wake in the morning get my breakfast in bed
When I got worried she would ease my aching head
Well now she’s here and there with every man in town
Still trying to take me for that same old clown

[chorus]

Well she used to run around with every man in town
Spending all my money playin’ her high fast games
Put me out, it was a pity how I cried
Tables turning now, it’s her turn to cry

[chorus]

Well baby used to stay out all night long
She made me cry, she done me wrong
Hurt, my eyes open, baby that’s no lie
Tables turning now, it’s her turn to cry

[chorus]

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 88 where this week’s theme is breakfast from the 1995 Deep Blue Something song ‘Breakfast A Tiffany’s’.

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