Soul legend Bobby Womack is suffering from the initial stage of Alzheimer’s disease, the singer has announced.
The disease affects the memory centre of the brain and severe sufferers do not recognise their immediate family. Womack has already complained about not being able to remember lyrics to songs that he had written and fans might have noticed him introduce Damon Albarn – whom he had produce his 2012 album The Bravest Man In The Universe and collaborated with in the Gorillaz songs Stylo and Cloud of Unknowing – as Damon “Osbourne” at the Q awards in October.
The 68-year-old performer has also recently survived a bout of pneumonia as well as colon cancer.
Womack’s first single was Looking For A Love with The Valentinos in 1962. Since then he has written, played guitar on and produced hundreds of tracks including Midnight Mover. In 2010 his appeared on the Gorillaz album Plastic Beach, marking his first recording in ten years.
He is perpetually miscredited as being a part of Womack and Womack. He isn’t. That is his brother Cecil and Cecil’s wife Linda. Please stop it.
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Check out Gorillaz performing Stylo with Bobby Womack at Glastonbury 2011 below: