Mark Hollis
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Listen to a rare demo recording of Mark Hollis singing ‘Crying in The Rain’

On what is the one-year anniversary of Mark Hollis’ death, we’re revisiting a rare recording of the singer delivering a rendition of ‘Crying in The Rain’.

Hollis, the English musician and singer-songwriter well known as being the co-founder of the rock band Talk Talk, died at the age of 64 after failing to recover from “a short illness”.

“I’m still trying to accept this but sadly it’s true,” Aspden said in a statement at the time of Hollis’ passing. “Mark has died after a short illness from which he never recovered. Deeply felt sorrow for a remarkable person who remained true to himself throughout his life. 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.”

Aspden then added: “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.”

Hollis fronted Talk Talk from 1981 to 1992, achieving both critical and commercial success with their experimental synth-pop hits like ‘Talk Talk’, ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Such a Shame’.

The band would go on to record five full-length studio albums during their active years with Hollis himself releasing a solo record in 1998 before retiring from the recording industry altogether.

While Hollis’ official releases remained relatively scarce, the musician did lay down a number of songs in the studio during his prolific years which have later emerged as demos and rarities. One such demo, thought to be recorded in 1979, sees Hollis in romantic mood with a rendition of the unreleased track ‘Crying in The Rain’.

Stream the song, below.

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