The Valentinos

The Womack Brothers were the children of the Reverend Friendly Womack, a respected Cleveland Baptist minister. The five siblings — Friendly Jr., Curtis, guitarists Bobby, Harry and Cecil – were clearly inspired by gospel groups like the Soul Stirrers but after releasing two singles on SAR, were encouraged by Sam Cooke to add secular soul music to their repertoire. At that point he transformed them into The Valentinos.


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Soul music pioneer Sam Cooke owned and operated SAR Records, his own independent label, from 1959 until his death in December 1964.

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