Bobby Womack will undergo cancer surgery this week.

The singer - who was recently hospitalised with pneumonia, but has now been released - has been diagnosed with colon cancer and will start his treatment within the next few days.

A statement on his behalf said: ''Because of stories circulating regarding the health of soul icon Bobby Womack, we felt it necessary to set the record straight. We're pleased to let everyone know that Bobby was released from hospital yesterday afternoon following a successful recovery from pneumonia. Bobby has cancer and is scheduled to undergo surgery later this month.''

'Across 110th Street' singer Bobby added: ''My family, friends and I are looking forward to a successful surgery and speedy recovery. I want to thank all of my fans for their prayers, love and well wishes. I look forward to seeing all of you on the road in support of my new release.''

Bobby started his career in the 60s with family band The Valentinos and playing guitar for Sam Cooke. He originally wrote The Rolling Stones first UK number one hit 'It's All Over Now' and signed his first solo record deal in 1968.

Bobby released hit singles including 'Harry Hippie,' 'Across 110th Street' and 'Lookin' For Love' before his career stalled at the end of the 70s.

He released albums through the 80s and 90s, but made a mainstream comeback in 2010, appearing on the Gorillaz track 'Stylo'. He also has his first album in over ten years, 'The Bravest Man in the Universe', planned for release in June.