BLACK "WONDERFUL LIFE" (1987)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
It's a shame that Black didn't really achieve the commercial success that he deserved. Black managed just one successful album and three Top 40 singles during 1987 and 1988.
A top quality tune, Wonderful Life was the title track from Black's critically-acclaimed and most successful studio album, reaching #8 in the UK singles chart in 1988. The album reached #3 in the British album charts and sold 1.5 million copies worldwide.
Wonderful Life Single Sleeve
Black was not a band, but was actually Colin Vearncombe, a singer-songwriter from Liverpool. His original release of Wonderful Life flopped during 1986, peaking at #72 in the UK. However, after the single Sweetest Smile reached #8 during 1987, he re-recorded Wonderful Life which also became a #8 hit.
Sadly, only one more song reached the Top 40 which was entitled Paradise. This was also released in 1988. Black's second album, Comedy, was also moderately successful, reaching #32 in the UK album charts and selling around half a million copies worldwide. His self-titled third album reached #42 in 1991 and sold 0.2 million units worldwide. Since then, Black has released another nine albums, although none of them were commercially successful and failed to chart.
Another re-issue of Wonderful Life in 1994 reached #42.