1962 - 2016

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Colin Vearncombe (26 May 1962 – 26 January 2016), known by his stage name Black, was an English singer-songwriter. He emerged from the punk rock music scene and achieved mainstream pop success in the late 1980s, most notably with the 1986 single "Wonderful Life", which was an international hit the next year. 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". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Black has received more than 8,312,373 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Black is the 335th most popular singer (up from 380th in 2019), the 1,222nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,440th in 2019) and the 37th most popular British Singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 8.3M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 58.02

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 30

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.87

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.15

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Blacks by language

Over the past year Black has had the most page views in the with 2,102,770 views, followed by German (59,687), and Spanish (54,666). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Turkish (256.04%), Basque (215.84%), and Latin (82.67%)


Among singers, Black ranks 335 out of 4,381Before him are Marc Bolan, Đorđe Balašević, Loalwa Braz, Alpha Blondy, Natalia Oreiro, and Connie Francis. After him are Dave Evans, Eric Adams, Kiri Te Kanawa, Christina Aguilera, Heino, and Joe Lynn Turner.

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Among people born in 1962, Black ranks 56Before him are Ferenc Krausz, Axl Rose, Marcia Cross, Andreas Köpke, Imad Mughniyah, and Ally McCoist. After him are Jorge Burruchaga, Gabe Newell, Bob Odenkirk, Peng Liyuan, Dina Boluarte, and Lance Reddick. Among people deceased in 2016, Black ranks 99Before him are André Courrèges, Maria Teresa de Filippis, Paul Elvstrøm, Andrei Karlov, Edward Albee, and Anisa Makhlouf. After him are Peter Naur, Jorge Batlle, Michael Massee, Henry Heimlich, Garry Marshall, and Mohamed Abdelaziz.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Black ranks 1,222 out of 8,785Before him are Ruth Rendell (1930), Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire (1480), Henry Thomas Buckle (1821), David Thewlis (1963), Alasdair Gray (1934), and Charles Algernon Parsons (1854). After him are Stephen Hales (1677), Dave Evans (1953), Jimmy Savile (1926), James Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie (1812), George Biddell Airy (1801), and Robert Stirling (1790).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Black ranks 37Before him are Robbie Williams (1974), Dave Gahan (1962), Rod Evans (1947), Peter Green (1946), Sarah Brightman (1960), and Marc Bolan (1947). After him are Dave Evans (1953), Susan Boyle (1961), Dusty Springfield (1939), Jon Anderson (1944), David Byron (1947), and Shirley Bassey (1937).