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Colin Vearncombe was a local Liverpool born singer who had a huge early hit with his single Wonderful Life under the name Black . So popular was this song that it dominated his career and as he said put his children through school . It is indeed a wonderful pop song and Colins voice as always is achingly beautiful .
However he went on to have a much longer career both as Black and Colin Vearncombe and recorded what i consider a very strong canon of work . I am biased because i do so love his voice and the truly effortless way that he sang . Having seen Colin live on many occasions I know that this voice was real and he did sound exactly as his voice on record which i think is not somehting all singers can claim .
I have just about everything he recorded and would say give him a listen and see if you can see the quality of both his voice and writing . Wonderful Life his first Album is a good place to start then Are We Having Fun Yet and Black his third Album . All are to me essential .
Sadly a few years ago Colin died as the result of a car accident in Cork were he lived with his family and for me at least the world was just a little darker for not having Colins new music to hear.
always thought Black was a one hit wonder band and he drifted out of music business,
did hear of his passing a few years ago, thanks for the heads up, will check out his output post Black.
As an example of this Colin when to Holland and recorded a double album of all new songs that had to be written while he was in the studio and had to be sung live . The quality of the music and the singing is very high and given the constraints he set out for himself and is a testimony to what a good song writer and artist he was.
I suppose he didn't quite fit in with the New Romantic movement of the pop scene of the 80's,
ordinary chap with no make up singing on stage is not gonna compete with visual acts like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Human League etc... to name but a few.
I get an "ear worm" sometimes for particular tunes/songs (this is one of them) and the only way to cure it is to listen several times. Looking around on the internet for different performances of "wonderful life" just highlights how poignant the song is and how good his voice was.
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There's a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/blackakacolinvearncombe/ and a Facebook tribute discussion page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CVtribute/