Soul singer Bobby Womack has revealed that he suffers from Alzheimer’s. The veteran musician, who played guitar for Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, sang with his brothers in The Valentinos, and influenced the late Jimi Hendrix shared the news in a recent BBC interview. "The doctor said you have signs of Alzheimer’s," he told Gilles Peterson on BBC 6 Music. "He said it’s not bad yet but it’s going to get worse.
"How can I not remember songs that I wrote? That’s frustrating."
Womack recently returned to music after having surgery for prostate and colon cancer and suffering pneumonia twice and collapsed lungs.
Last year, he earned acclaim for his first album of new material for 18 years, The Bravest Man In The Universe, which was produced by Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn and XL Records founder Richard Russell.
"I don’t feel together yet because negative things come in my mind and it’s hard for me to remember sometimes," Womack said.
"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."
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