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Mark Hollis of Talk Talk dies at 64

News 28/02/2019

Lead vocalist of English rock band Talk Talk, Mark Hollis has passed away at the age of 64.

Confirmed by his ex-manager, Keith Aspden told BBC that he had died after a short illness that Hollis never recovered from.

Formerly from The Reaction, Hollis formed the band with Lee Harris, Paul Webb and Simon Brenner. They were often compared to Duran Duran and took inspiration from Roxy Music. The band supported Duran Duran on tour in 1981.

The band achieved commercial success in 1984/85 with their album, 'It's My Life' that included the single, 'Such a Shame'. Although many Kiwis may remember their debut album, 'The Party's Over' which went to be the 8th best selling album in the country in 1982.

The band had released NZ chart-hitting tracks like, 'Today', 'It's My Life', 'Dum Dum Girl', 'Life's What You Make It' and more.

After a self-titled solo album release in 1998, Hollis had left the industry for good and kept himself in private, explaining to fans, "I choose for my family. Maybe others are capable of doing it, but I can't go on tour and be a good dad at the same time."

"I can't tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music." Aspden tells BBC. "I'm grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us."