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Marc Almond recovering after crash


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Recently, Almond has mainly recorded as a solo artist.
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- British pop singer Marc Almond, famed for the song "Tainted Love" -- a global hit for his band Soft Cell in 1981 -- says he hopes to make a full recovery from injuries sustained in a motorbike crash last month.

A message posted on Almond's official Web site said he is "recovering slowly in hospital but is confident he will get back to full health eventually, though he realizes it is going to take time."

"Marc has asked us to pass on his thanks for all the good wishes he has received from his fans. He is overwhelmed by the amount of support shown and says it has been a big help," the Web site said Wednesday.

Almond, 48, was riding as pillion passenger on the bike when it was involved in an accident with a car in central London's financial district.

Almond suffered severe head injuries and his condition was initially described by doctors at The Royal London Hospital as "critical." The motorbike driver was also badly hurt, police 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.


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