Soul singer Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer’s, the BBC reports.
Womack, 68, told Gilles Peterson on BBC 6 Music, “The doctor said you have signs of Alzheimer’s. He said it’s not bad yet but it’s going to get worse.”
Womack started out performing with his brothers in The Valentinos, recording on Sam Cooke’s SAR Records, before achieving success as a solo artist with hits like “Across 110th Street” and “Lookin’ for a Love.” In 2009 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Last year, he released his first album of new work since 1994, The Bravest Man in the Universe, which was co-produced by Blur’s Damon Albarn. But at England’s Q Magazine Awards in October, Womack forgot the producer’s last name.
“The most embarrassing thing was when we were getting ready to announce Damon and I can’t remember his last name,” he said. “That’s so embarrassing.”
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