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Singer Collins has brain surgery
Edwyn Collins
A Girl Like You was a hit at the height of Britpop
Singer Edwyn Collins has undergone emergency brain surgery after suffering a haemorrhage last month.

The 45-year-old Scottish musician's wife Grace Maxwell said the former Orange Juice frontman was recovering and is "as well as can be hoped for".

Collins, who also had success as a solo artist, is in a London hospital while his condition is being stabilised.

Ms Maxwell, also Collins' manager, added in a message posted on his website he was "continuing to fight".

'Loving thoughts'

She also thanked fans and well-wishers for their "loving thoughts", and said she would keep them informed of any developments in the singer's condition.

Collins' biggest hit with Orange Juice was Rip It Up in 1983, which reached number eight, and in 1995 he scored a big solo hit with A Girl Like You.

On BBC 6 Music's radio show Roundtable on 18 February, Collins said he had recently been ill.

"I suddenly got a horrible sense of vertigo, the room started spinning around and I started puking up," he said.

But he put it down to food poisoning at the time, adding: "I'm two days into recuperation and I should be fine."

Global hit

Collins was a leading figure on the alternative Scottish scene in the late 1970s and 1980s, forming his first band, Nu-Sonics, aged 17.

They became Orange Juice, who were independent favourites and briefly broke into the mainstream with Rip It Up.

The band Orange Juice

He pursued a solo career with mixed results until A Girl Like You, at the height of Britpop, which was a top 10 hit in seven countries and reached the top 40 in the US.

In 1999, he created and starred in Channel 4 sitcom West Heath Yard, which featured cameo performances from Jarvis Cocker, Natalie Imbruglia and Alan McGee.

He surfaced again as a guest on Rolf Harris' album after being impressed by the Australian icon's rendition of A Girl Like You.

He had recently turned to producing new bands including Sons and Daughters, The Cribs and Little Barrie.

A compilation of his early songs, The Glasgow School, is due to be released in May.

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