The legendary British Ska pioneer died following a brief illness
Terry Hall, the lead singer of The Specials, has died at 63 following a brief illness, the band announced earlier today on their socials.
A statement released by the band on Monday said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing, following a brief illness, of Terry, our beautiful friend, brother and one of the most brilliant singers, songwriters and lyricists this country has ever produced.
“Terry was a wonderful husband and father and one of the kindest, funniest, and most genuine of souls. His music and his performances encapsulated the very essence of life … the joy, the pain, the humour, the fight for justice, but mostly the love.
“He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him and leaves behind the gift of his remarkable music and profound humanity. Terry often left the stage at the end of The Specials’ life-affirming shows with three words… ‘Love Love Love’.”
Former Specials member Neville Staple, who also performed with Hall in Fun Boy Three, revealed the two men were planning on working together again in 2023.
“We knew Terry had been unwell but didn’t realise how serious until recently,” he wrote. “We had only just confirmed some 2023 joint music agreements together. This has hit me hard and must be extremely difficult for Terry’s wife and family.”
Hall, who also recorded with jazzy new wavers The Colourfield as well as an accomplished solo artist, was universally beloved not only for his powerful and honest songwriting but his propensity to speak out for human rights and racial unity across the globe. The flood of high profile sentiments and homages rolling in from Twitter and Facebook are no doubt tantamount to his importance in the music world.
Take a moment and listen to some Terry Hall, and remember the pop titan we just lost. It’s been said a bunch tonight, but enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.