It’s been announced that Colin Vearncombe, who sang as Black and had two Top Ten hits under that name in 1988, has died aged 53. He’d been in critical condition for a fortnight, after a serious car accident, in an induced coma. And that’s another one gone.
You can’t say that he was a major figure, or a major influence, not like Bowie or Rickman, or even Lemmy, and Glen Frey, but he sang ‘Sweetest Smile’ and, more importantly, ‘Wonderful Life’, which meant a great deal to me and my-then girlfriend, and he had a smooth, delicious voice, and this is another blow to an already shitty year.
Can we at least get through the rest of January without any more, please?