Terry Hall is remembered by music colleagues as ‘an inspiration and a lovely friend’

Terry Hall’s musical contemporaries mourned the “terrible loss” of the lead singer of The Specials, describing him as “an inspiration and a lovely friend” following his death. .

ondon-based ska legend Madness led tributes to Hall on Tuesday, along with Ian Brown, The Proclaimers and Shane MacGowan.

His death at the age of 63 was announced on The Specials’ official Twitter page on Monday.

Hall rose to fame as part of The Specials in the late 1970s, with number one hits including A Message To You, Rudy, Rat Race and Ghost Town, and the band is known for their ska and rocksteady.

After the band broke up in 1981, Hall embarked on a number of successful solo and collaborative projects – working with the likes of Lily Allen and Damon Albarn.

Madness, who also helped pioneer the ska genre in the late 1970s and early 80s shared a black and white photo of Hall on Twitter from their official account.

“A terrible loss for all of us, so young, RIP Terry Hall,” the account wrote on Twitter.

Brown, who headed The Stone Roses before embarking on a successful solo career, described Hall as “an inspiration and a lovely friend”.

“RIP TERRY HALL. A musical pioneer, a true original, one of the great pioneers, an inspiration and a lovely friend,” he wrote.

“Love and condolences to his family and band @thespecials.”

Pogues frontman MacGowan wrote: “Really sad to hear about Terry Hall, what a great guy he is and I’m praying for his family and friends @thespecials.”

Scottish rock duo The Proclaimers said in an online tribute that Hall was “a rather outstanding singer, songwriter and lyricist with a deep humanity”.

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The Specials, founded in Coventry, Hall’s hometown, in 1977, became the multiracial flagship of the 2 Tone movement, with songs about racism, unemployment and injustice expressing independence. The political arena is very clear.

They went on to provide a musical backdrop to the recession, urban depression, and social rift in the early 1980s.

The band initially consisted of Jerry Dammers, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter – with Hall, Neville Staple, Roddy Byers and John Bradbury joining a year later.

The group was known as The Automatics before changing their name to The Coventry Automatics, The Specials aka The Automatics and finally, in 1978, forming The Specials.

The band split in 1981, after which Hall, Golding and Staple went on to form the Fun Boy Three while Dammers and Bradbury released an album under the moniker The Special AKA, spawning the hit single Free Nelson Mandela in 1984. .

Fun Boy Three achieved four UK top 10 singles during their time together, until Hall left the band in 1983 to form The Colourfield with former Swinging Cats members. Toby Lyons and Karl Shale.

In his tribute, Staple said the news of Hall’s death “hit me hard”.

“We knew Terry was unwell but didn’t realize the severity until recently. We’ve just confirmed some joint 2023 music deals together,” he said.

“In the world of music, people have their ups and downs, but I will cherish the wonderful memories of me and Terry, making history together with The Specials and Fun Boy Three. Rest in peace, Terry Hall.”

After working on numerous solo and collaborative projects, in 2008, The Specials was announced that The Specials would be reshuffled for some potential new musical and touring dates.

The Specials began their tour in 2009 to celebrate their 30th anniversary and in 2018 supported The Rolling Stones in a concert at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

In February 2019, The Specials released Encore, their first album of new material in 37 years.

Upon release, the album went straight to number one on the Official UK Albums Chart, marking their first number one album and the first time they topped the chart since the old track. Ghost Town in 1981 and their single Too Much Too Young became a number one in 1980.

The album’s lead single, politically-themed Vote For Me, considered by some fans to be a sequel to Ghost Town, was hailed as a popular social commentary that was released during the riots. across the UK in 1981.

The latest release of The Specials, Protest Songs 1924-2012, came out in October 2021 as a sequel to Encore.

Monday’s statement released on the band’s official Twitter account paid tribute to their “beautiful friend”.

“Terry is a wonderful husband and father and one of the kindest, funniest, and most genuine people. His music and performances encapsulate the essence of life… joy, pain, humor, struggle for justice, but mostly love,” the statement read.

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