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Soft Cell singer in stable condition

Almond suffered head injuries in motorcycle crash
/ Source: The Associated Press

Singer Marc Almond, injured in a motorcycle crash last week, has been moved from the intensive care ward of a London hospital, British media reported.

Almond, 48, had been moved to another ward at the Royal London Hospital, the British Broadcasting Corp. said Thursday. The hospital said only that the singer was “continuing with his recovery.”

A message posted on Almond’s Web site said he was in stable condition and “progressing with his recovery” from head injuries sustained in the Oct. 17 accident.

“He still has a long way to go in his recovery and his family have asked that his privacy continue to be respected,” the Web site said.

Almond, a member of 1980s pop duo Soft Cell, was a passenger on a motorcycle that collided with a car in London’s financial district. Police said he suffered severe head injuries when he was thrown from the bike.

Soft Cell earned a No. 1 hit in Britain and major U.S. airplay in 1981 with “Tainted Love,” their synthesizer-laden cover of a classic Gloria Jones soul song.

Almond and fellow band member David Ball broke up in 1984, and Almond began a successful solo career. He scored another major hit with a 1989 duet with Gene Pitney on Pitney’s “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.”