Bobby Womack, soul singer, diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s

By Daniel S Levine,

Bobby Womack, the veteran soul singer, revealed in a recent interview that he was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The “Looking For A Love” singer told BBC 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, “The doctor said you have signs of Alzheimer's...He said it's not bad yet but it's going to get worse.”

Womack, 68, added, “How can I not remember songs that I wrote? That's frustrating.”

He had only recently returned to music after dealing with health issues, including surgery for prostate and colon cancer. He also suffered from pneumonia and collapsed lungs. In 2012, he released the acclaimed The Bravest Man In The Universe, his first album of new material in 18 years. It was co-produced by Damon Albarn, the frontman for Blur and Gorillaz.

“I don't feel together yet because negative things come in my mind and it's hard for me to remember sometimes,” Womack explained. “The most embarrassing thing was when we were getting ready to announce Damon and I can't remember his last name. That's so embarrassing.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Womack started his career in the ‘60s as a member of the Valentinos and played guitar with Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. Womack penned “It’s All Over Now,” the Rolling Stones’ first U.K. No. 1 single and began his solo career in the late ‘60s. He had hits with “California Dreamin,’” “Looking For A Love,” “Across 110th Street” and others.

He joined the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

You can hear Womack’s interview here.

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