Another Black Day

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?

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