Bobby Womack Has Colon Cancer


Sad news this morning: R&B great Bobby Womack has colon cancer.

The Guardian is reporting that the 68-year-old Cleveland native is in the hospital being treated for pneumonia and has been diagnosed with cancer.

Bootsy Collins broke the news on his Facebook page.

Collins says his pal is "very upbeat about his future."

Womack wrote "It's All Over Now," one of the Rolling Stones' first hits. But his greatest songs came in the early '70s, when he penned and sang soul classics like "Across 110th Street."

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in front of a hometown audience in 2009, the last time the ceremony was in Cleveland.

Womack got a career boost a couple years ago when he appeared on Gorillaz's "Stylo," a cool song that proved he still has a great voice.

That performance had a lot to do with the upcoming release of The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first album in years, which comes out in June and is produced by Gorillaz and Blur leader Damon Albarn.

The first single from the album, "Please Forgive My Heart," is streaming here. It's really good.

Womack had surgery for prostate cancer last year.

We wish him a speedy recovery. —Michael Gallucci