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Weekly Edition - Published  31 January 2016


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Liverpool's Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) has died

PROMOTER Manilla PR have informed us of the death of Colin Vearncombe, who never regained consciousness following a road traffic accident that he had earlier this month. Colin died peacefully, on Tuesday, 26 January 2016, surrounded by his family who were singing him on his way. His wife Camilla and his 3 sons paid tribute to the staff at the Intensive Treatment Unit of Cork University Hospital saying:- "Colin received the best possible care from the expert and highly professional staff there and we are deeply grateful for everything they did.  The funeral will be a private one, but we will be holding a memorial service for him in Liverpool in the near future as we know there are many, many people who will want to celebrate Colin's life and work. The date and time will be announced in due course, along with details of a charity to which any donations in memory of Colin can be made." They also added:- "No need to laugh or cry...  It's a wonderful, wonderful life..."

Colin Vearncombe enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1980's under the name Black when 'Wonderful Life' became a massive hit worldwide. The album of the same name, released in 1987, had similar success, reaping commercial, critical acclaim and in the process selling over two million records worldwide with Comedy (1988) and Black (1991). In 1991 he launch his owned independent label Nero Schwarz. 15 albums followed in the intervening 25 years. His most recent album:- 'Blind Faith', was funded by a popular crowd funding campaign. Released in the summer of 2015 it received glowing reviews across the press, including 4 stars in The Guardian and showed the Liverpool born singer was back to his creative best. The Guardian said:- "Blind Faith is an album by a man very much in control of his gifts."

You can see the video's to the double A single 'Womanly Panther / When It's Over' from the album 'Blind Faith' released last year at:- 'Womanly Panther' on YouTube and 'When It's Over' on YouTube.

In the past 3 years Vearncombe had made a successful return to touring, having completed 5 headline tours in the UK as well as across Europe. His most recent TV appearance was in November 2015 when he recorded a Catalan version of Wonderful Life as a fundraiser for the Catalan telethon La Marató de TV3. His recording has helped raise over seven million pounds for the charity.  You can see the performance on YouTube.

Other interesting pages to visit are:- his Facebook page and his Wikipedia listing.


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