26th May 1962 – 26th January 2016

We’re deeply saddened to announce the death of Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) earlier today, Tuesday 26thJanuary 2016.

Colin never regained consciousness following a road traffic accident sixteen days ago. He died peacefully surrounded by his family who were singing him on his way.

His wife Camilla and his three 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.

No need to laugh or cry
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life

About Colin

Colin Vearncombe enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1980s 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 crowdfunding 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.

“Blind Faith is an album by a man very much in control of his gifts”
The Guardian ****

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 :

When It’s Over :

In the past three years, Vearncombe had made a successful return to touring, having completed five 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 at :

Web : www.colinvearncombe.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/blackakacolinvearncombe
Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_(singer)
Wonderful Life video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNNTKZ4hEyw
Wonderful Life Website: http://wonderfullife.info/