Bobby Womack

Woman's Gotta Have It

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The idea for the Bobby Womack hit "Woman's Gotta Have It" came from a marital situation that songwriter Darryl Carter knew of where the wife was about to "tip out" on an unresponsive husband. Carter met Womack when Carter was an engineer at Memphis' American Sound Studios in the '60s. During that time, he and Linda Womack wrote "Woman's Gotta Have It" with Jackie Wilson in mind. Produced by Bobby Womack, "Woman's Gotta Have It" went to number one R&B and number 60 pop in the summer of 1972. It was on his Understanding LP which peaked at number seven R&B and number 43 while spawning the singles "Harry Hippie," his cover of the Neil Diamond hit "Sweet Caroline," and the popular radio-aired LP cut "I Can Understand It" is covered by L.V. on his How Long and on Shock of the Mighty 1969-74 [89] by Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Understanding 1972 The Right Stuff 3:33
Very Best of Bobby Womack [Neon] 1992 Neon Records 3:23
Rhythm & Blues: 1972 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Best of Bobby Womack [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 1992 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:35
Midnight Mover: The Bobby Womack Collection 1993 EMI Music Distribution 3:31
Lookin' for a Love: The Best of Bobby Womack (1968-1975) 1994 Razor & Tie 3:30
Soul Classics, Vol. 5 1995
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:31
Back to Back Hits 1996 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:30
The Soul of Bobby Womack: Stop on By 1996 EMI Music Distribution 3:28
Understanding/Communication 1998 Charly Records 3:31
The Very Best of Bobby Womack 1968-1975 1999 Music Club Records 3:28
Disco Mania [Platinum Disc] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:30
The Very Best of Bobby Womack [Charly] 1999 Charly Records 3:26
Best Soul Album in the World 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 3:28
Greatest Hits [Capitol 1999] 1999 The Right Stuff 3:33
Disco Mania, Vol. 2 [Platinum 2000] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:30
Poetry in Motion 2001 Recall (UK) / Snapper 3:25
Legends Collection, Vol. 1 2001 Dressed To Kill 3:26
The Legends Collection [Dressed to Kill] 2001 Dressed To Kill 3:26
No Image 2001 Legends
Solid Soul, Vol. 7: Please Tell Me Why 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:32
Smooth Grooves: Cruisin' Classics 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
Soul Seduction Supreme [Video/DVD] 2002 Mawa
Best of Bobby Womack [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 3:35
Lookin' for a Love 2003 Disky
Anthology 2003 Capitol 3:32
The Preacher 2004 Atom 3:24
The Essential Bobby Womack 2006 Mastercuts 3:24
The Best of Bobby Womack: The Soul Years 2008 Capitol / EMI Records 0:00
No Image 2008 Capitol
Sweet Soul Music: 1972 2014
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:33