Black, British singer-songwriter, Died at 53


Black birthname Colin Vearncombe was born on May 26, 1962, and died on January 26, 2016.

He was an English singer-songwriter.

He enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1980s.

William Ruhlmann of AllMusic had described Vearncombe as a “smoky-voiced singer/songwriter, whose sophisticated jazz-pop songs and dramatic vocal delivery place him somewhere between Bryan Ferry and Morrissey.”

His first single was “Human Features” on Rox Records in 1981.

At that time, Black consisted of Vearncombe, Dane Goulding (formerly of ‘Blaze trooper’) on bass and another school friend on drums.

Black single was supported by added independent release in 1982 “More than the Sun”.

Around the same time that Colin formed a friendship with Dave Dickie (Dix) of the Last Chant and the two became musical collaborators and signed for WEA Records.

In 1982, He played with the Thompson Twins on their “Quick Step and Side Kick” tour and also supported Wah! on a UK tour.

In April 2014, Black started a pledge fund (via the dedicated music crowd-funding site PledgeMusic) for a new album.

The project outstandingly exceeded its funding goals and he regularly expressed his surprise and gratefulness through video updates on the PledgeMusic site.

Colin’s experience with the process also contributed to the name of the album: Blind Faith.

It was released on April 13, 2015.

In November 2015, Black recorded a Catalan version of Wonderful Life as a fundraiser for the Catalan telethon La Marató de TV3.

On January 12, 2016, Colin was involved in a serious car accident in Ireland and placed in a medically-induced coma after sustaining serious head injuries.

Colin Vearncombe passed away at 53 yrs old due to his injuries.