Bobby Womack was not happy when the Rolling Stones covered his song “It’s All Over Now,” which he had recorded with his brothers as the Valentinos:
But that soon changed: “I was still screaming and hollering right up until I got my first royalty check. Man, the amount of money rolling in shut me right up.”
And Womack himself often took other people’s songs and made them his own:
But he also continued to record his own great music, from “(If You Don’t Want My Love) Give It Back” in 1969 . . .
. . . to “The Bravest Man in the Universe” in 2012: