Black – Wonderful Life
Colin Vearncombe, better known as Black, (born, 26 May 1962, Liverpool, England) is an English singer-songwriter, who enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1980s.
William Ruhlmann of Allmusic described Vearncombe as a “smoky-voiced singer/songwriter, whose sophisticated jazz-pop songs and dramatic vocal delivery place him somewhere between Bryan Ferry and Morrissey.”
Black’s first release was “Human Features” on Rox Records in 1981. At this time Black consisted of Vearncombe and David Dickie, formerly of The Last Chant. The single was followed by another independent release in 1982 “More than the Sun”, after which Black later signed for WEA Records.
In 1982, Black played with the Thompson Twins on their “Quick Step and Side Kick” tour and supported Wah! on a UK tour. The live sound of synth/percussion/guitar and the use of reel-to-reel tapes got them noticed.
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