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Singer-songwriter Mark Hollis, best known as the frontman of 1980s British new wave band Talk Talk, has passed away at the age of 64.
Mark Hollis Death Confirmed By His Manager
On Tuesday, Manager Keith Aspden revealed Hollis died after a short illness. He paid tribute to the musician by recalling him as a person of “gentle beauty” who “remained true to himself throughout his life.”
Source: The Telegraph
‘Talk Talk’ formed in 1981 was powered by a distinctive synth sound and Hollis’ emotive vocals. It had hits in several nations with songs such as “It’s My Life” and “Life’s What You Make it.”
The band achieved mainstream success with several hits but became increasingly insular and experimental over time.
Hollis released a self-titled solo album in 1998 before retiring from the music industry.
Tributes To Mark Hollis
Paul Webb, the band’s bassist paid his tribute on Instagram. He wrote, he had been “profoundly influenced by (Hollis’) trailblazing musical ideas. He knew how to create depth of feeling with sound and space like no other.”
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I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis. Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas. He knew how to create depth of feeling with sound and space like no other. He was one of the greats, if not the greatest. . . . . #markhollis #talktalk