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Bobby Womack Reveals Alzheimer's Diagnosis

January 1, 2013

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Soul music legend Bobby Womack has revealed he's suffering from brain disorder Alzheimer’s.

The 68-year-old has admitted he struggles to recall the names of his songs and those of his collaborators.

He said: “The doctor says there are signs of Alzheimer’s. It’s not bad yet but will get worse.

He added: "How can I not remember songs I wrote? It’s frustrating. I don't feel together yet. Negative things come in my mind and it's hard for me to remember sometimes."

Womack, who beat colon cancer in May, released his most-recent album The Bravest Man In The Universe in 2012, which was co-produced by Blur’s Damon Albarn and XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell.

He added: “The most embarrassing thing is I’ll be ready to announce Damon and can’t remember his last name.” This could be in reference to his appearance at an awards ceremony in September when he called Albarn 'Damon Osbourne' in his acceptance speech.

Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, following a career spanning more than 50 years. He released his first single in 1954 under the name Curtis Womack And The Womack Brothers. They later became The Valentinos.

The song, ''Buffalo Bill'', was issued on the Pennant label, and recorded when Bobby Womack was just 10 years old. The band were discovered by soul pioneer Sam Cooke, who promised to help with their career the best he could.

He eventually signed the band to his SAR label, and his decision the Womacks should switch to pop music from traditional gospel prompted the Womacks' father to demand his sons leave the house.

Sam Cooke's death in 1964 rocked the band, and they split, with Bobby opting to become a session guitarist. He did release solo material, however, most notably ''Across 110th Street'', the theme song of the 1972 blaxploitation film of the same name.

More recently, Womack provided guest vocals on ''Stylo'' from Gorillaz third album Plastic Beach, and announced last year that he's already working on a follow-up to 'The Bravest Man In The Universe, titled The Best is Yet To Come.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and worsens as it progresses, eventually leading to death. It was first described in 1906, and is prevalent in those over 65. By 2050, scientists believe around 1 in 85 people will suffer from the disease.

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Reply #1 posted 01/01/13 2:55pm

aardvark15

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sad sad sad

"Do Me, Baby...oh, oh, OOOOOOOOOOOH"
"Scandalous I'm talkin' bout u n me"
"Insatiable's my name when it comes 2 u"
"When 2 R N Love their bodies shiver at the mere contemplation of penetration"
"Flesh against flesh, And God Created Woman"
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Reply #2 posted 01/01/13 3:48pm

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sigh confused Just one thing after another. I'll be praying for ya Bobby. pray

Cause I'm fabulous and I live a fabulous life. batting eyes
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Reply #3 posted 01/02/13 12:25am

jackson35

i will pray for u mr womack.

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Reply #4 posted 01/02/13 3:21am

Marrk

He was great on Jools Holland the other night. What a damn shame.neutral

I'd just like paragraphs back on the org.
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Reply #5 posted 01/02/13 7:27am

mjscarousal

sad

Stand, you`ve been sitting much too long, there`s a permanent crease in your right or wrong.~Sly Stone
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Reply #6 posted 01/06/13 12:30pm

Timmy84

sigh sad

Stay strong Womack...

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Reply #7 posted 01/06/13 5:20pm

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Bobby has issued a statement addressing his health problems:

"Thanks to all of my fans for their prayers and well wishes. I truly appreciate and can feel your love. With the support of many good doctors, my family, and all of my wonderful fans, I will continue to write and perform and bring the good music to the people for as long as I can."

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Reply #8 posted 01/07/13 12:21pm

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Aww, damn! sad

I'll keep him in pray

"No lie, just know I chose my own fate
I drove by the fork in the road and went straight."
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Reply #9 posted 01/08/13 9:39am

Graycap23

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Bobby has issued a statement addressing his health problems:

"Thanks to all of my fans for their prayers and well wishes. I truly appreciate and can feel your love. With the support of many good doctors, my family, and all of my wonderful fans, I will continue to write and perform and bring the good music to the people for as long as I can."

sad

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Reply #10 posted 01/08/13 9:40am

Timmy84

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Bobby has issued a statement addressing his health problems:

"Thanks to all of my fans for their prayers and well wishes. I truly appreciate and can feel your love. With the support of many good doctors, my family, and all of my wonderful fans, I will continue to write and perform and bring the good music to the people for as long as I can."

It's sad that both he and Glen Campbell got it at early stages of their seniority. sad

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