Book of Celebration

We’re aware that some people couldn’t make it to the memorial service in Liverpool. We 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.

We have now closed the Book of Celebration to new entries but all previous entries remain below to view. 

589 entries.
Jon Roberts from Yeovil, UK wrote on 25th 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 24th 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 24th 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 24th 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 24th 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 24th 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 !
Valentina Zurawel from Chicago, Illinois wrote on 23rd February 2016 at 11:35 pm
My deepest sympathies to the Vearncombe family. Colin Vearncombe was first a son, brother, husband, father and friend. He just happened to have an extraordinary talent with crafting such universally understood, heart tugging lyrics, along with hauntingly memorable melodies - as well as having a phenomenally attractive voice with which to deliver his compositions. I’m not going to go on and on about when, where and how I first heard Colin Vearncombe (Black then), all the associated memories, etc. etc. etc. None of that really matters anymore. None will miss this man more than his family and friends. Truly, truly am sorry for your loss. God Bless all of you and comfort you at this sad time.
Jake Bickerton from Chelmsford wrote on 23rd February 2016 at 9:56 pm
I've loved Colin's music from his WEA releases onwards, and, like many others, rank 'Black' (the third album proper) as a classic of its type. His early releases should have been hits and with B sides like Stephen and Liquid Dream and singles that pre-empted the arrival of The Smiths (Human Features), his output was inspiring and inspired. A truly underrated talent and a really really sad loss. RIP Colin.

*In memory of Colin, I've created a compilation of almost two hours of brilliant Black tunes. Search YouTube for 'Black - unknown pleasures'. Enjoy.
Wartinah from Netherlands wrote on 23rd February 2016 at 5:55 pm
ByeColin.Strength to your family.
Paul Q from Tramore wrote on 23rd February 2016 at 4:21 pm
Colin had my ear ever since I heard the opening notes to Sweetest Smile all those years ago. He produced a truly great body of work over the last near 30 years and I always knew that each new release would bring more musical gems, I have them all. In November 2011 I had the great pleasure to stay in Grove House, Schull with my wife and attend one of his Sing for your Supper sessions. A brilliant night that will live long in my memory.

As an aspiring writer of songs I have my song writing hero’s and Colin was one of those who I admired most. He will live on through the great music he made.

Sleep Peacefully Colin!

Paul Q.
Republic of Ireland
John MacKenna from Carlow, Ireland wrote on 23rd February 2016 at 11:32 am
Thank you for the pleasure, the wonder, the beauty of your work
Birgit from Mainz wrote on 23rd February 2016 at 7:06 am
In November 2015 I had the chance to see and hear you live for the first time in my life. I will never Forget this evening. I was so happy and now I am so sad. I can't believe you are really gone. I think of your wife, your sons... We will always love your. Rest in Peace.
Ian Simpson from Barnsley wrote on 22nd February 2016 at 10:21 pm
When someone's music touches your soul it will always be there. Nothing will change that. Time will only confirm this. What a wonderful life Colin has left us. RIP.
Andy Blackmore from Canada wrote on 22nd February 2016 at 9:50 pm
RIP Colin.

'Black' was my soundtrack in the late 80's in my late teens. A dark time for me where music was my escape. I have often said, I'm forever grateful for a number of artists including Black for getting me through so much back then and now I do have a Wonderful Life. I think I went through two cassettes and two vinyls of the first album in a couple of years!

Rest in peace Colin, very much missed, but never forgotten.

Thoughts are still very much with his family and friends.
Michael from London wrote on 22nd February 2016 at 8:32 pm
Colin wrote many songs that coloured my life and I am glad he lived, sad he is gone.
Beata from POLSKA wrote on 22nd February 2016 at 7:42 pm
When I heard Wonderful Life was almost at the age of Colin, and so are the years of my youth, to our country / Poland / start arriving in the World Closer recordings, videos and trivia.
A very large audience, the program always associated with a Wonderful Life.
I am sad and badly, so quickly ended the life of Colin
/sorry for the mistakes/♥♥
David from Manchester wrote on 22nd February 2016 at 6:25 pm
Your music will always have a special place in our hearts.
Spiro G. Kailas from Del Mar wrote on 22nd February 2016 at 3:41 pm
May Colin's memory be eternal...Colin's music provided me with much comfort and enjoyment. May his family stay strong and get comfort from the fact that Colin provided so many people with joy listening to his music. A pure genius that will be tremendously missed by all! Spiro G. Kailas
Anji from Caerphilly wrote on 22nd February 2016 at 10:25 am
You touched my soul from the very first time I heard you music Colin. Your gift which waa sadly underrated,will live on in my heart for as long as I live. Sincere condolences to a beautiful man with a beautiful soul. "Life should never feel small".
Molly Jenson from York wrote on 22nd February 2016 at 9:43 am
So very sad to hear of Colin's tragic passing, his music and talent is endless and will never be forgotten, R.I.P Colin xx