As anyone who voted for Taylor Hicks on "American Idol" knows, the 2006 champ loves his vintage soul music. So it's not surprising that Hicks, who wraps up his Twin Cities engagement in "Grease" today at the Orpheum Theatre, recommends "Midnight Mover: The True Story of the Greatest Soul Singer in the World," the autobiography of Bobby Womack. The soul man, who was on the ballot this year for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is known for the songs "It's All Over Now," "Lookin' for a Love" and "Woman's Gotta Have It."


"Bobby Womack had his hand in so many different parts of rock 'n' roll -- from Janis Joplin to Sam Cooke. He was kind of a behind-the-scenes, integral part of rock 'n' roll, R&B and soulful popular music during the '70s and late '60s. He was a wonderful poet, a wonderful guitar player. My guitar player on this last record made me start reading it."