When you think of gut wrenching soul singers, you've got to think of Bobby Womack. At the mention of his name, songs like "That's The Way I Feel About You", "I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much", "Harry Hippie" and  "If You Think Your Lonely Now" immediately come to mind.

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Bobby Womack-Getty Images

He was and still is the very best in the biz.  Bobby Womack is the epitome of soul music.  He made music that makes people cry, sing, dance and come together.  He's had a long career full of ups and downs, highs and lows.  As of late, the 68-year old legend has been suffering from a number of illnesses that have kept him from touring.  Here he is in a recent interview discussing that very thing.

Now, it's being reported that the singer-songwriter has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  According to the BBC News his doctors say the disease is in it's early stages but admit that sadly, it will get worsen as he gets older.  Like a true champion, he's not going to let that diagnoses get the best of him.  In fact, he plans on performing and touring until he can't do it anymore.

Despite his various illnesses in June 2012, Bobby Womack made a return to music releasing the album ‘The Bravest Man in the Universe.’  The LP was a success and even featured on Rolling Stone’s list of the top 50 albums of 2012. The lead off single was "Please Forgive My Heart" and it just so happened to be his first album in 10 years.  Here's a look at the making of the album and a listen to "Please Forgive My Heart".

Prior to his 2012 comeback to music, just in time for the holiday season of 2000,  Womack had also released 'The Christmas Album' featuring both classic and original Christmas music.  Actually before that, in 1999 he released his first Christmas LP 'Traditions' and a gospel album entitled 'Back to My Roots'.

'Back to My Roots' was the perfect title for a Bobby Womack album simply because like many soul singers, that's were his career began.  However, it wasn't until 1970 that Womack's career peaked.  Through the years, Womack has led a rather interesting life.  The TV One special "Unsung" told his story in vivid detail and shed light on why he music is so soul stirring.

With the on set of Alzheimer's or not, Bobby Womack is still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to music.  As long as he's with us, I have know doubt that he will continue to perform and wow audiences around the globe.


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