Bobby Womack has revealed he’s suffering from brain disorder Alzheimer’s.
The 68-year-old, who released his first single in 1954, 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.
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.