LONDON (Reuters) - Welsh actor and singer Brian Hibbard, who as lead singer of the 1980s a cappella band The Flying Pickets enjoyed a Christmas No. 1 with cover song "Only You", has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 65.
According to his agent, he passed away on Sunday evening and is survived by his wife and three children.
Hibbard formed the Flying Pickets in 1982 with a group of fellow fringe theatre actors, choosing the name because several band members had been involved in Britain's miners strikes in the 1970s.
In 1983 they had a major hit with a voice-only version of Yazoo's Only You, which spent five weeks at the top of the British singles chart over the key Christmas period.