Originally published on Advocate.com October 19 2004 12:00 AM ET
Out British singer Marc Almond, who had a worldwide hit in 1981 with "Tainted Love" as part of duo Soft Cell, was recovering in hospital Monday after a motorcycle crash, police said. The 47-year-old English-born singer was the passenger on a bike that collided with a car near St. Paul's Cathedral in central London Sunday. The driver of the motorcycle was also hospitalized. "There was a serious collision between a car and a motorcycle in London Sunday afternoon, and the motorcycle passenger, Marc Almond, suffered severe injuries," a London police spokesman said. A spokeswoman at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel said Almond was recovering in stable condition after surgery. Almond formed Soft Cell in Leeds, northern England, with synthesizer player David Ball in 1980. "Tainted Love," an electronic cover of the soul classic, went on to become Britain's biggest-selling single of 1981 and was also a huge hit in the United States. Soft Cell split in 1984 but reunited for a show in 2001.