That’s The Way I Feel About Cha – (The Preacher) Bobby Womack (& Peace) | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#27) & R&B (#2); 1972

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

When Sam Cooke founded SAR Records, he reached out to the Womack Brothers, whom he’d met years before when they opened for the Soul Stirrers (Sam sang lead). The partnership paid off in 1962 when the former gospel act, now billed as The Valentinos, went to #2 R&B with Lookin’ For A Love. In 1964 they shared a hit song with the Rolling Stones when both released versions of It’s All Over Now, co written by Bobby. Three months after Cooke’s death, Bobby married Sam’s widow: a move that sent his career into a tailspin. Unable to score as a singer, Bobby put his guitar and writing skills up for hire. He worked with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Sly & The Family Stone, and wrote Trust Me for Janis Joplin and Breezin’ for Gabor Szabo. By 1972, bygones were bygones and radio once again embraced Bobby; spinning That’s The Way I Feel About Cha to #2.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Bobby Womack

Lyrics Written by:

  • Bobby Womack