Bobby Womack reveals Alzheimer’s diagnosis
January 3rd, 2013
06:48 PM ET

Bobby Womack reveals Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Soul legend Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

“The doctor said you have signs of Alzheimer’s,” the 68-year-old singer revealed to 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, whose career has spanned more than 50 years, wrote and performed numerous hits including “California Dreamin,” “That’s the Way I feel About Cha,” and “Across 110th Street.” He also wrote The Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now,” and was more recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

“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,” Womack told CNN following his diagnosis.

“Thanks to all of my fans for their prayers and well wishes,” he added. “I truly appreciate and can feel your love.”

Womack’s current struggle with the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s comes in the wake of his having had several other health issues including pneumonia, diabetes, and colon cancer.

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  1. Sena Ducos

    Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It's the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that results in the loss of intellectual and social skills. These changes are severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. .:;,

    My personal blog site

    June 7, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. your an awful photographer by the way...

    kitty.- what can you do...

    January 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Viola Merrell

    My sincere prayers are going out for a man that has brought me so much personal joy from his music, wit, character, and talent. This guy is what us old-schoolers have sense enough to appreciate and love. My goodness, i even have flashbacks to a brilliant concert in ATL about maybe 20 years ago where my sister and I were on the front row at the Foxx Theatre and he actually dangled his shoeless feet over the front side of the stage. Wish you could do that one more time Bobby. Much love to you. This is sincere and heart-wrenching. God is in control.

    January 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. darn typ0

    January 12, 2013 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Margaret

    names of this alheimer's patients by 5pm...thanks

    January 12, 2013 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. laverne


    January 12, 2013 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. fones...

    you don't even know this man...who do you think you are too make fun of him or his illness

    January 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      My mom dies of this horrid decease back in November. Thank God he is coming forward publicly to bring even more awareness to this beast call Alzheimer's God be with him and his family.
      God please bring a cure!!

      January 11, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. why is your comment at the bottom-share

    Jerome Horowitz

    By now you should know these boards are a hobby for some folks. Who can I p-o today?
    Just ignore the idiots and remember the nice comments.

    January 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    January 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SKY


    January 6, 2013 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kat

    Re: California Dreamin': John and Michelle Phillips wrote it. Womack just covered it.

    January 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cats meow

      He covered with about 15 other artists including the beach boys.

      January 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. empresstrudy

    Is that what we call lifetime crack habits now?

    January 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • P Brown

      Did you really think your nasty comment was called for? Do you really want to begin 2013 being so ugly? Get a life. I wouldn't wish this disease on anyone no matter their race, ethnicity or socio economic class. GROW UP!

      January 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. we are the champions

    nobody controls lindsey lohan....

    January 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrew

    Does the disease cause physical pain for the patient? I'm interesting in learning more because I have three family members with this diagnosis.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Andrew

      No. There is no pain involved. Just a gradual slipping away, which is more painful for the family to watch than to the patient. They just don't realize what is happening to them. They do have some new medications out there, which tend to keep them in a holding pattern longer than before. I am sorry this has happened to your family.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      Andrew..yes..IN the late to end stage. My mom experienced pain all over. She couldn't communicate so we had to look for visual clues and behaviors. When she stoped communicating pain She was put on a low dose pain medication. It had to be adjust until the end. I had to advocate for her in her last three months when she became bed ridden and we knew death was coming. A good resource for our family was the Alzheimer's Association.

      January 11, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Terminator50

    dreaded disease has to be stopped

    January 4, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Peace

    My heart goes out to his family & friends. If you have ever seen someone "slip away" w/this, you know how heart breaking Alzheimer's really is. 🙁

    January 4, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  16. rosetendance

    How sad ! Accross 110th street is the ebst thing he's done in his career .... The Lana del rey – damon albarn trio wasn't such a brillant thing was it ?


    January 4, 2013 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  17. jj

    tomorrow 4 bb.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  18. bagladyboutique

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  19. wow.

    he has not been well for a very long time.

    January 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Rossell Wigfall

    Come on Bobby.... I know you'll beat this. No matter what, your music will still live on in the hearts and minds of countless people. To all Womack fans..... Look up "I'm so proud and the duet with Patty, Love has finally come at last. We love you Bobby..... Keep on jamming!

    January 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  21. chuck 'n MS

    One of the WORLD'S greatest Soul Song Writers & Musician of this era, hands down!!! We love you man, and we're certainly praying for your continued music making for years to come. I was with you & your band behind the stage in Biloxi MS for the Tom Joyner Morning Show a few years back. I am a trumpet player who spent time overseas playing with one of your band members, Joe Campbell. This was our reunion and your performance was "Off the heezzzzeeee"! May God Bless You & keep you in His tender care. Chuck

    January 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. homealone12

    go to bed already

    January 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Fore

      None of you fu<kers know what your talking about. Your all a bunch of moronic phishers who fish in the shallow water and race turtles so you can brag to the Visigoths about your persecution fingers.

      January 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • brand > new

      hope he'll be ok...

      January 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  23. TJ

    Wow, I didn' know Mr. Womack wrote "California Dreamin". I love that song. I wish him the very best!!! He's a great artist!!

    January 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Bev

    You have brought us many years of your awesome music such as Harry Hippie, etc. Take care of yourself man and we will be praying for you. ♥ We love you Bobby ♥

    January 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Will

    Mamas and Papas did California Dreamin.

    Bobbie Womack is not a rock and roll guy.

    The sooooooouuuuul traaaaaaaiiin.

    January 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • floridagirl5324

      Will you are and idoit! The Mamas and the Papas may have SUNG California Dreamin' but Mr. Bobby Womack wrote the damn song!

      January 4, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • WhereToNowDC

      Actually, Will is correct. Mamas and the Papas wrote California Dreamin' and Bobby Womack did a cover of it on his first solo album.

      January 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |

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