Eurovision and Black Lace star Colin Gibb dies at 70

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3 Jun 2024, 10:10

Credit: BBC/Facebook/Sue Kelly

Iconic Black Lace singer and Eurovision hero Colin Gibb has passed away at the age of 70, leaving behind a legacy of unforgettable party hits and cherished memories.

Colin Gibb, the voice behind some of the UK’s most beloved party anthems, has sadly passed away at the age of 70.

Gibb, born Colin Routh, was a key member of Black Lace, the band responsible for infectiously catchy tunes like Agadoo, Do the Conga, Superman, Hokey Cokey, Wig-Wam Bam, and I Am the Music Man.



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His death marks the end of an era for fans of the band and the 70s and 80s music scene.

Black Lace rose to prominence when they represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979, finishing in seventh place with their song Mary Ann.

Despite numerous lineup changes over the years, Gibb remained a constant presence in the band, becoming synonymous with their lively, feel-good hits.

Gibb’s wife, Sue Kelly, broke the heartbreaking news to fans.

“It is with heartbreaking news that I am letting you all know my dearest husband Colin Gibb died this afternoon,” she wrote.

“I love you Colin, spent 22 years living your Agadoo dream. We were due to retire to Spain on Thursday, you were so happy, so looking forward to our new life, now you’re gone. As we used to say, always love you forever.”

Former bandmate Dene Michael expressed his sorrow over Gibb’s passing, writing: “So sad to hear the passing of my singing partner with Black Lace. RIP my friend Colin Gibb. God Bless. We had some great times together touring the world.”

Black Lace wasn’t just a flash in the pan. After scoring a UK number two hit with Agadoo, the band toured extensively, bringing their infectious party tunes to Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Canada, and the US.

Their popularity even led to a parody by the Spitting Image programme with The Chicken Song, which topped the UK charts.

On Black Lace’s official Facebook page, a heartfelt message announced Gibb’s passing: “It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our great friend Colin Gibb.

"Colin was one of the founder members of Black Lace, together with Alan Barton, and will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. We’d like to send his family and friends all our love and support at this extremely difficult time.”

Gibb had recently announced his retirement on May 13 and informed fans that he would be playing one final show in Tenerife that week.

“Well, all good things must come to an end,” he said. “Thanks to all of you that have supported ‘Black Lace’ over the years, and the thousands of friends I have met during that time since we set out in 1975.”

Friend Steve White captured the band’s impact beautifully, saying: “Really sad to hear about the sudden passing today of my friend Colin Gibb of Black Lace, meaning he is now reunited with his bandmate Alan Barton.

When anyone has mocked this act over the years – and let’s be honest, many have – I have always flown the flag for Black Lace.

"There is not a DJ, holiday park or family entertainer anywhere that hasn’t made use of the hits they recorded at some point. As Tommy Taylor once said; it doesn’t matter where you go in the world, once you’ve unpacked your case, you head to the bar and before you know it you’ll hear something of theirs.”

As the world mourns the loss of Colin Gibb, we remember the joy and laughter he brought into our lives with his unforgettable music.

From Eurovision to the local disco, Gibb's legacy will continue to inspire and entertain.