38°FOvercastFull Forecast

Singer says he has Alzheimer’s

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

LOS ANGELES (MCT) – After sparking widespread comeback chatter last year with his album “The Bravest Man in the Universe,” soul singer Bobby Womack has announced that he’s experiencing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

“The doctor says, ‘You have signs of Alzheimer’s,’” Womack told the BBC’s Gilles Peterson in an interview on the latter’s Radio 6 program.

Womack, 68, admitted that he’s having trouble remembering things, including the name of Damon Albarn, who co-produced “The Bravest Man in the Universe” with XL Recordings chief Richard Russell.

At October’s Q Awards in London — where Womack won the award for best album — he introduced the Blur/ Gorillaz frontman as “Damon Osbourne.” (The singer first collaborated with Albarn on the 2010 Gorillaz set “Plastic Beach.”)

“That’s so embarrassing,” Womack said of the memory lapse. “Here’s a guy I work with — I would never belittle him like that.”

“The Bravest Man in the Universe” earned rave reviews upon its release in June.


©2013 Los Angeles Times

Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com

Distributed by MCT Information Services

National video

Reader Poll

Do you support protesters who have marched against the 2014 Chicago police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer?
Yes, I support the protesters
No, I don't
Not sure
No opinion