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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 4,317,799 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Black is the 482nd most popular singer (up from 580th in 2019), the 1,732nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,963rd in 2019) and the 56th most popular British Singer.

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  • 2.19

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Among singers, Black ranks 482 out of 3,541Before him are Ruslana, Gali Atari, Jackie Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Gohar Gasparyan, and Nelly Furtado. After him are Gigi D'Agostino, Claudio Villa, Waylon Jennings, Ahmad Zahir, Bobby Darin, and Renato Carosone.

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Among people born in 1962, Black ranks 69Before him are Joan Laporta, Michel Petrucciani, Julio Salinas, Marty Friedman, Harlan Coben, and John Hannah. After him are Manute Bol, Manuel Valls, Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Sebastian Koch, and Hillel Slovak. Among people deceased in 2016, Black ranks 147Before him are Vilmos Zsigmond, Susannah Mushatt Jones, Bill Mollison, David Huddleston, Jay Wright Forrester, and Peter Hans Kolvenbach. After him are Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, Héctor Babenco, Silvana Pampanini, Hassan Al-Turabi, Arthur Hiller, and Götz George.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Black ranks 1,732 out of 6,924Before him are Alan Gardiner (1879), Dick Francis (1920), John Smeaton (1724), John Hannah (1962), Ken Tyrrell (1924), and Emily Blunt (1983). After him are Amy Johnson (1903), John A. Hobson (1858), John Toshack (1949), David Gemmell (1948), Princess Patricia of Connaught (1886), and Rebecca West (1892).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Black ranks 56Before him are Gary Glitter (1944), Ronnie Biggs (1929), Limahl (1958), Andy Gibb (1958), Maggie Reilly (1956), and Noel Gallagher (1967). After him are John Wetton (1949), Rick Parfitt (1948), Paul Di'Anno (1958), Kathleen Ferrier (1912), Julian Lennon (1963), and Jeanette (1951).

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