Bobby Womack

Lookin' for a Love

Composed by James Alexander / Zelda Samuels

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"Lookin' for a Love" was originally a 1962 Top Ten R&B/pop-charting hit for the Valentinos on Sam Cooke's SAR label. Cooke and the song's co-writers, J.W. Alexander and Zelda Samuels, based the song's structure on the melodic motif found in some gospel songs. The J. Geils Band's cover was a 1971 Top 40 hit. During a 1973 recording session, Womack decided to use "Lookin' for a Love" as a warm-up song to loosen up his vocal chords. He recorded the take with no intentions of having it released. When friends spurred him with exclamations of "that's a hit!," he decided to finish and release the track. Produced by Bobby Womack, "Lookin' for a Love" laid at number one R&B for three weeks, going to number eight pop in the spring of 1974. The enjoyable Lookin' for a Love Again LP made it to number five R&B, number 85 pop, and including the Top Five R&B/number 59 pop single "You're Welcome, Stop on By." The song was also a tasty, popular radio-aired cover by Rufus on their 1975 gold LP Rufusized.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Lookin' for a Love Again 1974 The Right Stuff 2:37
Golden Years 1974 1990
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:46
Sounds of the Seventies: 1974 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:37
Very Best of Bobby Womack [Neon] 1992 Neon Records 2:33
The Best of Bobby Womack [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 1992 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 2:39
Midnight Mover: The Bobby Womack Collection 1993 EMI Music Distribution 2:36
Lookin' for a Love: The Best of Bobby Womack (1968-1975) 1994 Razor & Tie 2:40
Soul Classics, Vol. 4 1995
Various Artists
CEMA Special Markets 2:39
Disco's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
CEMA Special Markets 2:39
Rock-N-Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time: Early 70's, Vol. 3-4 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 2:37
Back to Back Hits 1996 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:38
This Is Soul, Vol. 2 [Charly] 1996
Various Artists
Charly Budget 2:34
The Soul of Bobby Womack: Stop on By 1996 EMI Music Distribution 2:36
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:36
Decades of Dance: The 70's 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / Cema Special Ma 2:39
Turn Back the Hands of Time: Vintage Soul 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:38
70's Funk & Soul Classics 1998
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:37
The Very Best of Bobby Womack 1968-1975 1999 Music Club Records 2:36
The Masters 1999 2:35
Smooth Soul Classics, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:40
The Very Best of Bobby Womack [Charly] 1999 Charly Records 2:35
Back to My Roots 1999 Capitol 3:26
Greatest Hits [Capitol 1999] 1999 The Right Stuff 2:40
Soul Session 1999
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:36
Disco Mania, Vol. 1 [Platinum 2000] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:39
Timeless Treasures: Best of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:30
The Soul of Bobby Womack 2000 Crimson Productions 3:29
Soul Greats 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 2:45
The Ladies Man 2000
Original Soundtrack
Dreamworks SKG 2:37
Poetry in Motion 2001 Recall (UK) / Snapper 2:34
The Legends Collection [Dressed to Kill] 2001 Dressed To Kill 2:35
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
Three Decades of Soul 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:30
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Soul Seduction Supreme [Video/DVD] 2002 Mawa
The Seventies: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:43
The Seventies - A Decade to Remember: Soul Explosion 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:25
Best of Bobby Womack [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 2:39
Lookin' for a Love 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:37
The Greatest Hits of the 70's [Platinum 2003 #2] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:38
Anthology 2003 Capitol 2:38
Seventies Soul Sensations 2003
Various Artists
Dominion Entertainment 2:40
The Soul Man: 16 Kings of Solid Gold Soul 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:34
The Preacher 2004 Atom 2:32
Keep the Soul Alive 2004
Various Artists
Golden Stars
Great Men of Rock & Roll: The 70s 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 2:40
The Essential Bobby Womack: The Last Great Soul Man 2005 Metro / Metro 2:34
R&B: 40 Number 1 Songs 2005
Various Artists
Digimode Entertainment 2:32
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Dominion 2:42
Always and Forever [K-Tel] 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
The Essential Bobby Womack 2006 Mastercuts 2:34
People Get Ready: 24 Soul Legends 2006
Various Artists
Wonderful Music 2:44
R&B Chart-Toppers: #1 Soul Hits of the 70's 2006
Various Artists
Sterling 2:42
K-Tel Presents: Soul Collection 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 2:36
Sensational 70's [Weton] 2006
Various Artists
Weton 4:10
Soul Legends, Vol. 2 [Foreign Me] 2006
Various Artists
Foreign Me 2:32
R&B Soul Classics: Platinum Artist Series 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:42
The Best of Bobby Womack: The Soul Years 2008 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:24
The Best of Bobby Womack: The Soul Years [Toshiba EMI] 2008 Toshiba EMI 2:24
No Image 2008 K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:40
Smooth Soul [Time Life] 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:37
No Image 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:44
100 Hits: Funk & Soul
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 2:25
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:44
Check It Out: The Best of Bobby Womack Music Club / Music Club Deluxe 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:40
Sweet Soul Music: 23 Scorching Classics From 1974
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:39
The Greatest Ever... The 1970's
Various Artists
Bellevue 2:46
The Seventies: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel UK]
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:25
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