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It has been reported that Cecil Dale Womack, who changed his name to Zekuumba Zekkariyas after moving to Africa with his wife Linda Womack (Sam Cooke's daughter), of the legendary groups the Valentinos and Womack and Womack has, sadly, passed away at the age of 65.

The youngest of the Womack brothers (besides Cecil, of course, was his famous brother Bobby, and three other singing brothers Friendly, Jr., Curtis and Harry), Cecil began singing with his brothers in churches at 8. Like Bobby, he took up guitar as a teen. The brothers had a couple of hits in its original lineup after signing with Sam Cooke's SAR label in 1960 including "Lookin' for a Love" and "It's All Over Now", the latter hit made even bigger by the Rolling Stones.

Sam Cooke's death in 1964 changed the band's fortunes and they initially broke up. Bobby would take years to get back on his feet finally finding success as a songwriter and staff musician before returning back to the good graces of the music industry in the early 1970s as a soloist. Cecil and the other Valentinos tried continuing with their career but Cecil's marriage to Mary Wells caused Cecil to leave the group before he turned 21.

Cecil and Mary married in 1966 and had three children before divorcing in 1977. Cecil then forged a songwriting and producing partnership with Linda Womack, who was close to the Womack family (in more ways than one). Cecil and Linda began a romance and started Womack and Womack marrying in the late 1970s. Womack and Womack had hits with "Baby I'm Scared of You", "Love Wars" and "Teardrops", which was an international number-one hit. As songwriters, they penned classic hits for Teddy Pendergrass and George Benson.

In the 1990s, Cecil and Linda moved to Africa with their children and recorded under the name Zekkariyas recording music until 2006.

Bobby and Curtis confirmed Cecil's death and Curtis has stated that Cecil wants to be cremated with his ashes spread around his home that he shared with Linda in his "adopted" homeland of Africa. Condolences go to the entire Womack family and to Womack's children and widow over this tragic news.
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