Marc Almond 'stable' after crash
LONDON, England -- British pop singer Marc Almond, best known for the song "Tainted Love" -- a global hit for his band Soft Cell in 1981 -- is fighting for his life after a motorbike crash.
Almond, 48, was riding as pillion passenger on the bike when it was involved in an accident with a car on Sunday afternoon in central London's financial district.
Almond suffered severe head injuries and the motorbike driver was also badly hurt, police said on Monday.
Both Almond and the rider, who also suffered severe injuries, are being treated at The Royal London Hospital but Almond's condition, which was initially described as "critical," had improved by Monday afternoon, according to the hospital.
A hospital spokesman told the UK's Press Association: "Barts and The London NHS Trust can confirm that Marc Almond is a patient at The Royal London Hospital and is in a stable condition.
"His family request that his and their privacy is respected at this time."
City of London Police are investigating the collision, which they described as "serious."
American crooner Gene Pitney, whose duet with Almond of his song "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" was a hit in 1990, paid tribute to the Almond's "tremendous talent."
In a message to the singer, Pitney said: "I just heard the good news that they said you were in a stable condition which is terrific.
"I just want you to get out of there and get back to what you do great.
"You are a tremendous talent. And stay off motorcycles!" his statement to Independent Radio News said.
"Tainted Love", a cover version of a 1964 song by soul singer Gloria Jones, was the biggest hit for synthesizer duo Soft Cell, becoming the top selling single of 1981 in Britain, also remaining an astonishing 43 weeks in the U.S. pop charts.
In 2002 the duo released a brand new album, "Cruelty Without Beauty," which was followed by a tour of Britain, Europe and America.
The single "The Night," taken from the new album, was a top 40 hit in the UK.
Almond has since gone on to develop a side career as a DJ, playing electro and electro-clash.
Soft Cell sold in excess of 10 million records worldwide in their heyday.