Although Black's music never made its way to America, his debut 1987 album Wonderful Life landed at #3 in the UK charts with over 1.5 million units sold. AllMusic described Black as "smoky-voiced singer/songwriter, whose sophisticated jazz-pop songs and dramatic vocal delivery place him somewhere between Bryan Ferry and Morrissey."
Black's official website made the announcement:
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
Not a musician, but actor Abe Vigoda (who starred in "The Godfather") also recently passed away today, at the age of 94.
2016 has been a terrible year for deaths, so far we've lost these musicians. For updated list, head over to Musicians who died in 2016