Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) – writer and performer of the 80s classic ‘Wonderful Life’ – died on Tuesday 26th January. Colin never regained consciousness following a road traffic on the morning of Sunday Jan 10th, not far from Cork airport. He died peacefully surrounded by his family.
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”.
On his mainstream success with worldwide hit ‘Wonderful Life’, he revealed: “Once you’ve had a hit, it’s hard to write another song without having that in the back of your mind…For a long time, I would find myself hearing ‘I like it, but it’s not ‘Wonderful Life’…
It was surprising how little of the pop star life was as I had imagined it. I was frustrated by how few of the people in the music world I respected. Maybe I just didn’t go to the right clubs. I’ve never been a great schmoozer or networker and the idea of setting out to meet a certain type of people is anathema to me. The highlight was meeting Roddy Frame, and he looked as pissed off as I was. It was two years of disappointment – I didn’t have any wild sex, I’m not a druggie, so I was just digging a hole for myself.”
His most recent album, ‘Blind Faith’ , was funded by a popular crowdfunding campaign.
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.
No need to laugh or cry. It’s a wonderful, wonderful life
Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) R.I.P.