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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 7,029,367 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Black is the 381st most popular singer (up from 481st in 2019), the 1,445th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,731st in 2019) and the 51st most popular British Singer.

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  • 29

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  • 8.16

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  • 2.15

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Among singers, Black ranks 381 out of 3,528Before him are Malcolm McLaren, Katy Perry, Harry Nilsson, Karen Carpenter, Henri Salvador, and Liz Mitchell. After him are Laila Halme, Randy Newman, Patricia Kaas, Zdravko Čolić, André Claveau, and Đorđe Balašević.

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Among people born in 1962, Black ranks 53Before him are Bob Odenkirk, Felipe Calderón, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Flea, Dino Merlin, and Arnold Vosloo. After him are Felicity Huffman, Stefan Kuntz, Takashi Murakami, Andreas Köpke, Chuck Palahniuk, and Ally McCoist. Among people deceased in 2016, Black ranks 115Before him are Neville Marriner, Peter Shaffer, Maurice White, Ernst Nolte, Greg Lake, and Thorbjörn Fälldin. After him are Anisa Makhlouf, Prince Dimitri Romanov, Peter Naur, Goran Hadžić, Meir Dagan, and Isao Tomita.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Black ranks 1,445 out of 7,765Before him are Gilbert Ryle (1900), Edward Fox (1937), George Young (1946), Beorhtric of Wessex (800), Thomas Arne (1710), and Penda of Mercia (606). After him are Donovan (1946), Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood (1864), Anthony Trollope (1815), Edward the Exile (1016), Jeremiah Clarke (1674), and Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Black ranks 51Before him are Vera Lynn (1917), Dusty Springfield (1939), Seal (1963), Jon Anderson (1944), Dave Evans (1953), and Malcolm McLaren (1946). After him are Maggie Reilly (1956), Andy Gibb (1958), Paul Di'Anno (1958), Francis Rossi (1949), Ed Sheeran (1991), and John Wetton (1949).

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