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July 9, 1957 (66)

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Marc Almond is a British singer-songwriter and musician, primarily known for his role as one half of the electronic duo Soft Cell, which he formed with David Ball.

After gaining early notoriety through Soft Cell, known for their 1981 hit “Tainted Love,” Marc Almond embarked on a solo career that has spanned decades. His albums like “Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters” and “The Stars We Are” became significant in his repertoire, diversifying his style into pop, cabaret, and chanson genres. His later works, such as “Stardom Road,” exhibited his aptitude for storytelling through music.

Collaboration is an integral part of Almond’s career. Notable partnerships include working with David Ball in Soft Cell, Jools Holland, Trevor Horn, and Tricky in the music realm. Additionally, he has crossed boundaries by working with actors like Antony Hegarty and singers like Gene Pitney in the duet “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart,” which reached No. 1 in the UK. Other collaborators include Siouxsie Sioux, Foetus, Matt Johnson of The The, and Martin Watkins. Furthermore, Almond has even delved into artistic realms beyond music, working with visual artist Marc Quinn and theater director Peter Christopherson.

Marc Almond has received an Ivor Novello Inspiration Award for his contributions to British music. His collaboration with Gene Pitney earned them a Brit Award for Best British Single in 1989. In 2018, he was awarded an OBE for his services to arts and culture.