R&B/soul singer Bobby Womack has revealed that he has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. As reported by The LA Times, the 68-year-old prolific musician has admitted that he is struggling to recall things.
One example of memory loss that Womack has given is trouble with remembering the name of Blur frontman Damon Albarn. Albarn co-produced Womack’s comeback album, 2012’s The Bravest Man in the Universe. For Womack, it was his studio album comprised of original material since 1994’s Resurrection.
The Bravest Man in the Universe garnered high praise upon its release and went on to win the award for best album at the Q Awards in London during October 2012. During the ceremony Womack introduced Albarn as “Damon Osbourne”.
“That’s so embarrassing,” Womack said regarding the name mix-up. “Here’s a guy I work with — I would never belittle him like that.”
“The doctor says, ‘You have signs of Alzheimer’s’, ” Womack told BBC’s Gilles Peterson. “It’s not bad yet, but it’s gonna get worse.”