Mark Hollis, the English musician and singer-songwriter well known as being the co-founder of the rock band Talk Talk, has died at the age of 64.
From 1981 to 1992 Hollis fronted Talk Talk and achieved 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.
While no official confirmation has been released by the family, a whole host of tributes have begun appearing on social media to Hollis. Author and academic Anthony Costello, who is thought to be Hollis’ cousin-in-law took to social media to say: “RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the music business 20 years ago but an indefinable music icon.”
Paul Webb, Talk Talk’s bassist, confirmed the news in a tribute: “I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Mark Hollis,” he wrote. “Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas. He knew how to create a depth of feeling with sound and space like no other.
“He was one of the greats, if not the greatest.”
Tom Pope, who worked with Hollis over the years, led the tributes by saying “Goodbye to Mark Hollis of Talk Talk. Condolences to his lovely family. We had many, many laughs together. This is us being the nightmare interview from hell.”