Bobby Womack

Lookin' for a Love

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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
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 12 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
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
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
This Is Soul, Vol. 2 [Charly] 1996
Various Artists
Charly Records 2:34
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
Disco Mania [Platinum Disc] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:37
Disco Mania, Vol. 1-3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:37
Disco Mania, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:37
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 8 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:38
Greatest Hits of the 70s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:36
Smooth Soul Classics, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:40
Lookin' for a Love Again/BW Goes C&W 1999 Charly Records 2:39
The Very Best of Bobby Womack [Charly] 1999 Charly Records 2:35
Greatest Hits [Capitol 1999] 1999 The Right Stuff 2:40
Soul Session 1999
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:36
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:39
Soul Greats 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 2:45
Poetry in Motion 2001 Recall (UK) / Snapper 2:34
Legends Collection, Vol. 2 2001 Dressed To Kill 2:35
The Legends Collection [Dressed to Kill] 2001 Dressed To Kill 2:35
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
No Image 2001 Legends
Soul of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
Madacy 3:30
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
Soul: Let It Be Me 2002 Brilliant / Digimode Entertainment 2:32
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
The Greatest Hits of the 70's [Platinum 2003 #2] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:38
Anthology 2003 Capitol 2:38
All Your Rhythm & Blues Favorites [16 Tracks] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:33
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
Great Men of Rock & Roll: The 70s 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 2:40
The Essential Bobby Womack 2006 Mastercuts 2:34
R&B Chart-Toppers: #1 Soul Hits of the 70's 2006
Various Artists
Sterling 2:42
K-Tel Presents: Groove Machine 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:45
No Image 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 2:36
No Image 2008 Capitol / EMI Records 0:00
No Image 2008 Capitol
100 Hits: Funk & Soul
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 2:25
20 #1's: Classic R&B Hits
Various Artists
Universal 2:32
The Seventies: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel UK]
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:25