Terry Hall, lead singer of The Specials, has died aged 63, the band announced.
His singer-songwriter rose to fame as part of a band, UK ska pioneers.
A statement released on the band’s official Twitter account on Monday said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing after a short illness of Terry, our beautiful friend, who our brothers and one of the best singers, songwriters and lyricists in this country. ever produced.
“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.
“All those who knew and loved him and those who left behind the gift of outstanding music and profound humanity will miss him immensely. Terry often leaves the stage at the end of The Specials’ life affirmations with three words… ‘Love Love Love’.
“We ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”
Band member Neville Staples tweeted he was “deeply saddened” to hear of Hall’s death, saying: “We knew Terry was unwell but didn’t realize the severity until recently. We’ve only recently confirmed some joint 2023 music deals with each other. This has hit me hard.”
He added: “In the music world, people have their ups and downs, but I will keep the great memories of me and Terry, making history together with the trio of The Specials and Fun Boy. Rest in peace, Terry Hall.”
The Specials was founded in Hall’s hometown of Coventry in 1977, by Jerry Dammers, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter – with Hall, Staple, Roddy Byers and John Bradbury joining a year later.
The band was originally called The Automatics, before changing its name to The Coventry Automatics, The Specials aka The Automatics and finally, in 1978, to The Specials.
The band made a name for themselves with their ska and rocksteady styles, while providing the musical backdrop to the recession, urban depression, and social rift of the early 1980s.
During their time together, The Specials created a series of hit records including A Message To You, Rudy, Rat Race and Ghost Town, reaching number one.
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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 that year. 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.
After working on numerous solo and collaborative projects – Hall has worked with the likes of Lily Allen – in 2008, The Specials was announced that The Specials would be reshuffled for some potential new musical and touring dates. power.
That September, Hall and five members of the band performed at the Bestival music festival called Very “Special” Guest.
In 2009, he reflected on the performance, saying: “Bestival was a test run. We took an unannounced location so we could show up, without a name. It was perfect.”
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 their first topping the chart since the old track. Ghost Town in 1981 and since their single Too Much Too Young became number one in 1980.
The album’s lead single, the 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 riot. across the UK in 1981.
Hall told The Big Issue magazine in 2019: “I find myself dreading the mess, listening every night to politicians giving their opinions and thoughts, I don’t really agree. It is necessary to believe any of you.
“So sad. I grew up attached to one party, the Labor Party, which was quite strong. It was not until Tony Blair appointed Noel Gallagher as prime minister that I knew exactly where I stood.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/the-specials-lead-singer-terry-hall-dies-aged-63-42231577.html The Specials lead singer Terry Hall dies aged 63