'One of the greats, if not the greatest': The music world pays tribute to Mark Hollis

'One of the greats, if not the greatest': The music world pays tribute to Mark Hollis

The music industry is paying tribute to Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis following the musician’s death aged 64.

Hollis’ former manager Keith Aspden confirmed the news last night (February 25): “Sadly it’s true. Mark has died with after a short illness from which he never recovered.”

Hollis (above, centre) was born in London on January 5, 1955.

Talk Talk released five albums, debuting in 1982 with The Party’s Over and releasing It’s My Life in 1984. The Colour Of Spring (1986) was followed by Spirit Of Eden (1988) and Laughing Stock (1991).

Talk Talk disbanded in 1992 and Hollis released a self-titled solo album in 1998 via Polydor, after which he withdrew from the music business, saying, "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."

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

It’s My Life is Talk Talk’s biggest-selling single according to the Official Charts Company, with 195,058 sales to date. Compilation The Very Best Of, from 1997, has 109,479 sales to date.

Parlophone has worked on various reissue campaigns with Talk Talk’s catalogue, which has been celebrated by consecutive generations.

Tributes to Hollis have been led by Aspden, Hollis' cousin-in-law Anthony Costello and former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb (aka Rustin Man), with messages appearing from across the industry on social media. Read a selection below.

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