Terry Hall, lead singer of English revival band 2 and ska band The Specials, has died.
News of Hall’s death was shared on the band’s verified social media accounts, which were recorded Facebook He wrote that he died “after a short illness”.
The publication calls Hall “our beautiful friend and brother and one of the most skillful singer-songwriters and lyricists this country has ever produced”, and adds that “his music and performance sum up the essence of life… joy, pain, humor, fight for justice, but mostly love” .
Hall was reported to be 63 at the time of his death, and was survived by his wife Lindy Hyman, a director, and children Leo and Felix Hall.
The Specials originated in 1977 in Coventry, England, and found success in the late 1970s and early 1980s with their self-titled debut album.
The original line-up of members included Hall, who replaced vocalist Tim Strickland shortly after the formation of The Specials, along with Jerry Dammers, Roddy “Radiation” Byers, Neville Staple, John Bradbury, Dick Cuthell, and Rico Rodriguez.
The special is known for tracks including “Gangsters” and “Ghost Town”, which stayed at No. 1 for three weeks in the UK in 1981, and lasted 10 weeks in the Top 40.
The band, also known for its staunch opposition to racial injustice, has commented extensively on politics and social reform in England and abroad. “Forty years ago, the Specials embodied the state of the nation—seven as one from a typical British dispossessed town,” The band’s official website He says by description.
Hall also formed the bands Fun Boy Three in 1981 and The Colourfield in 1984—best known for the single “Thinking of You”—before going solo with a pair of albums in the 1990s.
Eventually, he reformed The Specials for a tour and new music in 2008 (the band had only reunited once before, in the ’90s, but Hall wasn’t part of that iteration). More recent specials have included Linval Goulding, Horace Panter, John Bradbury, Neville Staple, Rudy Byers, and Nikolaj Torp-Larsen.
In 2019, The Specials released their eighth studio album “Encore”, which featured their first new material with Hall as vocalist since 1981’s “Ghost Town”.
Monday’s social media posts in memory of Hall concluded by sharing how the singer “often left the stage at the end of life-affirming specials with three words… ‘Love Love Love. ‘”
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