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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  • Garry from Birmingham, England wrote on 1 March 2016 at 11:50 am:
    What can I say??? A lyricist that seemed to know my very thoughts. Gone but NEVER forgotten – God Bless You –
    Chris and Jennie from Bromsgrove wrote on 28 February 2016 at 6:52 pm:
    We went to see Colin at a gig in Bromsgrove a couple of years ago and was fortunate to meet him afterwards. A wonderful, personal gig, and a lovely man. Happy memories that me and my girlfirend will always treasure.
    Jiri wrote on 28 February 2016 at 4:25 pm:
    God bless Colin and his family.
    gowers david from London wrote on 28 February 2016 at 3:49 am:
    A genius with a voice from the Gods. Thaks Colin.
    Yuko Ikemiya from Osaka, Japan wrote on 28 February 2016 at 3:32 am:
    Dear Colin,
    It is so hard listening to your music without tears, but I still thank you what you left for us.
    Rest in peace my greatest musician, Colin.

    By the way, I 'm the cellist and now practice "Wonderful Life". Hope you don't mind.
    Evren Yılmaz wrote on 27 February 2016 at 11:56 pm:
    dear Colin this was because of you, inspired by you... so just a piece of

    at the end of the route/
    couldn’t even be a sparrow/
    inbetween Stroud’s palms/
    behind the bars/
    who locked me inside myself/
    inside the paralyzed heart

    in my sanctuary (made)/
    of the abyss of and purity my mind/
    behind closed doors/
    evident is just/
    shadows of the dust
    not yesterday’s nor days’/
    lifetime’s dormant it was/
    wrapped on my collar/
    fastened on my neck

    sleep in peace dear friend

    you're and will be missed sooo much

    Thanks for you shared yourself with us...

    it is hard to say farewell
    goodbye beautiful friend, goodbye...
    Mark Allan from Monkseaton wrote on 27 February 2016 at 10:06 pm:
    I thought you were great. I bought your first album after hearing my sister playing wonderful life 7" single repeatedly when it was in the charts and I've followed you since. Your music and lyrics are fantastic. Are we having fun yet was a really great album and proved your diversity as an artist - you will be missed.
    Nigel from London wrote on 27 February 2016 at 11:36 am:
    Great to read some of the posts here and to reflect on how Colin's music was very much the soundtrack to the culmination of my teenage years, along with some of the other 80's artists. Really a time in my life that has many happy memories of discovery and excitement, particularly exploring music and spending hours in record shops, not realising the time and finding little gems - it's not like that anymore. Some music comes and goes, some stays and Black certainly stayed. Wonderful life, sounds special as ever and I only bought Lara Fabian's album in December because of that song, along with her fabulous voice - if you haven't heard it, try it out! To compliment the original and the rest of Colin's music. Long to be remembered, love to your family and friends everywhere, will be thinking of you every time I listen to your music - often.
    Mark from Aylesbury wrote on 27 February 2016 at 10:55 am:
    Thank you for (just) making memories. Rest in peace.
    RT from Glasgow wrote on 26 February 2016 at 9:44 pm:
    One of my most enduring memories of you Colin was your performance of “Sweetest Smile” on ToTP back in the mid-80’s. Your “Here it comes again” is a sublime aural pleasure. I had the fortune to see you perform in Glasgow only last year. I can never hope to fully express my appreciation for the gift of your music. I am so very sorry to hear of your passing.
    Andreas from Athens Greece wrote on 26 February 2016 at 12:02 pm:
    It was in the 80s when a young blonde handsome guy entered the music stardom
    with his unique voice and his sophisticated, artistic music.
    Υears passed, the 1980s shelved and left behind many artists who gave a different life to the music of the time, but also beyond.
    Following him all these years until the last moment, I would like to say a big thank you for the work and the artistic path never committed a discount and to express a major complaint to me for not seeing him live on stage and live this magical journey that began thirty five years ago.

    Thank you for the music. It will accompany me forever!
    Karen Moss Gecko Design from Liverpool wrote on 26 February 2016 at 11:44 am:
    Colin, we never actually met but I had the pleasure of working with your team on the production of your artwork for your albums and poetry books. You were a very talented man and I am sure you will be sadly missed by many. Goodnight god Bless. Karen x
    Elizabeth from creutzwald la croix France wrote on 26 February 2016 at 10:09 am:
    Oh je suis vraiment désolé et trop triste pour la partie de Colin. De verdad muy muy triste por la partida de Colin.
    Daniel James from Hiroshima wrote on 26 February 2016 at 6:49 am:
    My first and only time of seeing Colin live was at university when he was arguably at the zenith of his mass-popularity. 'Wonderful Life' had been the massive hit it deserved and he filled the Students Union with people all hoping for 2 hours of pop. And...they didn't get it which was the whole point-some his darker and more introspective music seemed to turn people off but my roommate and I were transfixed as the lights came down and Colin stood there in the spotlight and sang in a way that is hard to explain and impossible to forget.
    A couple of decades abroad meant I lost touch of what he had done but I came back over the last few years as I found him on the internet.
    A real shame that he is now gone but at least we are left with songs that will never get old and I will never tire of playing.

    My thoughts and condolences are with his immediate family.

    'Rest in peace but rise in glory, for he will ever remembered thus.'
    Jon Roberts from Yeovil, UK wrote on 25 February 2016 at 12:44 pm:
    Like many people, Colin's music meant so much to me especially being of similar age I've grown up with his music. He came across as the reluctant pop star but he never chased stardom it came to him and ever since he wrote and produced the music he wanted! Saw him on a few occasions, each time a great experience, my only wish was to have seen him on his recent tiers but you never expect people to go so soon thus I now have a mantra of not putting things off! A great man who will be sorely missed and I hope his memory will be the greatest comfort to his family. He will never be forgotten!
    Patrick Willecke from Hamburg wrote on 24 February 2016 at 11:29 pm:
    I was a lucky young one at the age of thirteen when "wonderful Life" came out here in germany and I was a following fan all over the years but never got a chance to see this wonderful singer and human being live in concert. In November 2015 he came to hamburg again and this time I got two tickets for me and my wife after I told her that I am unsure if I could have the chance to see him live that often again... We stood there absolutely speechless and amazed by the power, emotions and love he put into every song and every little detail around them. It was such a brilliant event and I often closed my eyes especially while he sung Sweetest smile my alltime favourite. I cried bitter tears after I have heard the news about this incredible loss for the world. I can't even imagine how all his close friends and especially the family feel now.. I thank him for all he gave me during my life and I wish his family and friends always only the best possible to be able to live on and keep him in such a great memory then I do. He is gone maybe but his spirit, music and especially his power to move on no matter what is a huge influence and can never be gone. Thank you Colin the wonderful life u gave so many with ur sweetest smile and the best voice I have ever heard.
    Keijo Liimatainen from Los Angeles wrote on 24 February 2016 at 10:55 pm:
    In June of 1987 I moved to Los Angeles from Sweden to cover music, movies and sports for media back home. I got an invitation from A&M Records to interview Black on Wednesday, October 28th at 5:30PM-7:PM. I really enjoyed meeting Colin. We talked about music and sports. Turned out that he was a fan of athletics. After the interview he signed a photo "To Keijo, Run for your Wonderful life". I still live in Los Angeles and Colin's timeless music continues to move me.
    Nik wrote on 24 February 2016 at 9:15 pm:
    My sincere condolences go to all of Colin's family. Just being a fan, I have seen Colin only once, playing a wonderful gig in Hamburg last November. This will remain a very happy memory for me and my wife. He could make a grown man cry (I hope he didn't recognise it) and still can. Colin, I can only thank you again for all the great music you have given us. Your memory will live on.
    Elaine King from Saltcoats wrote on 24 February 2016 at 4:05 pm:
    All that I want to say has already been said. Colin's music was always playing in the background of my life. The 80's were a difficult time for me, but when I listened to Wonderful Life, I felt better. Not fair that Colin has been taken so young. Love to his wife and son and R.I.P Colin xxx
    ken adkins from Grimsby wrote on 24 February 2016 at 11:32 am:
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and fans we have lost a great talent. A special man with a special gift of voice and songwriting that will live forever in our memories and the music you left. I have been to many live gigs over the last 50 years and the the two standout ones are a backroom in a pub in Sheffield and at the Ropewalk this year - magic and unforgettable just like you Colin. Sing your heart out up in heaven !
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