Black Lace founder and Agadoo singer Colin Gibb dies at the age of 70

Black Lace singer Colin Gibb, best known for novelty hit Agadoo, is being remembered as ‘a good friend’ after his death at the age of 70.

The group first gained fame in 1979 when they participated in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Mary Ann.

They also enjoyed a novelty hit with Do The Conga in 1989, but 1984’s Agadoo was their biggest hit and a staple at weddings, parties and discos for years.

A statement from the group’s management, NOW Music, to the PA news agency said: “Sadly, Colin passed away unexpectedly yesterday afternoon.

“He had recently announced his retirement from the entertainment industry and was looking forward to enjoying his retirement with his wife Susan.

“We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the news. Colin co-founded Black Lace with Alan Barton and they had big hits into the 80s.

“Colin was a wonderful friend and will be sadly missed.”

The band underwent several lineup changes over the years, and Gibb took occasional breaks while performing with the group, but always returned to his pineapple print shirt.

Fellow band member Barton died in 1995.

The group’s other hits included Superman, Hokey Cokey, I Am The Music Man and Wig-Wam Bam.

Gibb continued to play live with Black Lace until recently and their management company labeled them “Britain’s number 1 party band” and said they are “as popular as ever”.

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