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Mark Hollis, lead singer of band Talk Talk dies aged 64

Mark Hollis Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 26, 2019, 01.56 PM (IST)

Singer of band Talk Talk, Mark Hollis, died aged 64 on Monday.

His cousin-in-law Anthony Costello tweeted the news and wrote: “RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the music business 20 years ago but an indefinable musical icon.”

The band’s bassist Mark Webb, aka Rustin Man, also penned a note for Mark on Instagram: “I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis. Musically he was a genius and it was an 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.”

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The pop band released several hit singles in the 1980s, including ‘Talk Talk’ (1982), ‘It’s My Life’ (1984), and ‘Such a Shame’ (1984).

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In future years, under Mark’s direction, the band then shifted towards a more experimental approach in the mid-1980s and pioneering what became known as post-rock, including hit singles ‘Life’s What You Make It’ (1985) and ‘Living in Another World’ (1986). 

The band Talk Talk disbanded in 1992. Mark came back to music in 1998 to release a self-titled solo album. Mark then retired from the music industry. 

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The pop band released several hit singles in the 1980s, including ‘Talk Talk’ (1982), ‘It’s My Life’ (1984), and ‘Such a Shame’ (1984).