Book of Celebration

We’re aware that some people cannot make it to the memorial service in Liverpool. We have set up this online book of celebration to give anyone a chance to share their memories of Colin and his music, along with any messages for the family.

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  • Jakob from Frederikssund wrote on 18 February 2016 at 3:19 pm:
    When I was around 12 years old, I always listened to the radio when I was about to sleep. Suddenly they started playing a wonderful song, and I remember really hoping that the radio show host would mention the title of the song at the end. He did, and it was Sweetest Smile.

    Not long after, Wonderful Life became the first cassette I bought on my own, and the music of Black and Colin has been a big part of my life ever since, as it will remain.

    stuart bulman from Southport wrote on 18 February 2016 at 3:10 pm:
    Such a singular talent, thank you for all the years of wonderful art you gave us. x

    Steve Powell from Stockton on Teed wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:57 pm:
    Such great music and Wonderful Life was an iconic song of the eighties.Colin was such a down to earth person and the world is a sadder place for his passing.RIP Colin

    Tony Phillips-Jones from Portreath wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:55 pm:
    Colin, your music has been and always will be a big part of my life. I feel so privileged to have seen you play live and have a drink and chat with you afterwards. I was hoping to get you to come and play the Minnack in Cornwall as this is a place where you and your music would have harmonised perfectly. My thoughts are with your family. I am sorry I cannot get to Liverpool. Colin is such a big part of my music. So much to relive again and again to feel alive. You have made my life wonderful by having your music in my life. You will not be forgotten as long as we all remember and celebrate your wonderful life.

    sven aka professor s.h.y. from St. Gallen (Switzerland) wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:44 pm:
    which words to use when there is such a lot of sadness. since my first tape of the wonderful life Cassette, I've been a huge fan of Colin and of his Music. countless fantastic Songs which reflected my Soul with ist lyrics and the Sound. I'm so sad that I never managed to see you life somewhere while my collection of all rare stuff grew and I was sure that soon I would have been able to come over for a concert, but now this won't be possible anymore, too bad. I send to all of your Family and friends a lot of consolation and positive energy. I was sure that in the near future you would have received the Attention (in the Musical Business) that you really deserved. and so another Genius has gone far too soon! a big hug Sven.

    Anne from London wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:43 pm:
    The most touching words were found in your songs. I'm so happy that I finally spoke to you in Bagshot last year.

    Natalie from London wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:43 pm:
    Col, still devastated to know you are gone. I have listened to your music for 30 years and had the privilege to meet you several times - you remain a true gent and a master songman. Goodnight xxx

    Paul Rendel from Manchester wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:41 pm:
    "Is life a boon? If so it must befall, that death when'ere it call....must call too soon"
    Our family will be at the service on Friday but I just wanted to say how much we miss Colin. He was my Bowie.

    Paul, Linsey and Alice (age 8) xxx

    Gordon Bonser from Nottingham wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:41 pm:
    Thank you for the music. Long may it play on...God bless Colin, Gord x

    Michael from Wuppertal wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:40 pm:
    Thanks for the wonderful music you gave us, you are sadly missed.
    Farewell Colin!

    Ian Stubbs from Gloucester wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:35 pm:
    Back in 1987 I bought your album for my girlfriend. We've now been married over 25 years and still your music stays with us. You are sorely missed. R.I.P.

    Robert from Glasgow wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:31 pm:
    I have been listening to your music for many years. You had a wonderful gift and a voice that can only be described as velvet. You will be missed by many and may God comfort and console us all, especially your family and friends.

    Lorenzo Acanfora from London wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:30 pm:
    Do you realize?, that you have the most beautiful face
    Do you realize?, we're floating in space,
    Do you realize?, that happiness makes you cry
    Do you realize?, that everyone you know someday will die

    And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
    You realize that life goes fast
    It's hard to make the good things last
    You realize the sun doesn't go down
    It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round .


    from Flaming Lips - Do You Realize

    Nick Hopkins wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:25 pm:
    Colin's music has been an important part of my life for many years. He leaves behind so many wonderful songs and, while it is of little consolation at the moment, his final album is arguably his best.

    Andrew from Barnskey wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:24 pm:
    I have had the pleasure of sharing my life in music with Colin. From first hearing sweetest smile, to Blind Faith your music and lyrics have aided me through my life''s journey. I always believed that your talent was vastly under rated and under appreciated. I had the pleasure of sharing a Guinea with you at The Boardwalk Sheffield in 2004 and take solice in the fact that I told you hoe much your music meant to me and thanks I gave for holding my hand through some highly emotional times in my life. Sleep well dear soul.

    Carole Young from Bellshill wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:23 pm:
    Colin's music was a big part of my life, and will always be. I met you after the gig in Airdrie last year, what a lovely man. So sad to hear the tragic news, and love to you, your friends and family x

    Tatiana from Polop wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:22 pm:
    Without words!Only saying that thanks to Black this is a wonderful world

    paul sadd from ipswich wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:22 pm:
    Bought 'Hey Presto' all those years ago, been a fan ever since. 'Paradise' was the first song I danced to with my wife and Colin played this as a request at a show in Haverhill. My wife had flu and couldn't make it but no matter, Colin had a chat with her on my mobile on stage after the song. A lovely guy.RIP

    MARGARET POTTS from WIGAN wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:21 pm:
    Colin and his music will never be forgotten.RIP.
    Sending my sympathy to Colin's family

    Thomas from Sydney wrote on 18 February 2016 at 2:20 pm:
    Although I never physically met Colin, his music and lyrics especially got me through a pretty rocky upbringing growing up.

    I could identify with his lyrics and sometimes different way of looking at situations.

    I've been an avid fan ever since his first incredible album. He's enhanced my life significantly.

    Thank you Colin

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