The Specials, a British ska revival band, lost their lead vocalist Terry Hall at 63.
A statement on The Special’s Instagram page said that Hall passed away on Monday after a “short illness.”.
We are sorry to inform you that Terry passed away after a brief illness. In addition to being one of the best lyricists, singers, and songwriters in our nation, Terry was a great friend and brother. The statement began, “Terry was a wonderful father and husband, as well as one of the nicest, funniest, and most genuine people you could ever meet.
His performances and music “reflected the core of life—the happiness, pain, humour, fight for justice, and most of all, love. His wonderful music and genuine humanity are gifts he leaves behind, and everyone who knew and loved him will miss him dearly. After The Specials’ inspiring shows, Terry frequently chanted “Love Love Love” before leaving the stage. “.
We request that everyone respect the family’s privacy during this incredibly trying time.
According to Rolling Stone, Hall founded The Specials in 1977 and was the group’s lead vocalist until 1981. Later, he returned to them for a reunion in 2008 and remained with them until his passing.
The group’s most recent album, Encore, was made available in 2019. The impact of the pandemic on his mental health and how it halted the band’s comeback were later discussed in detail by him.
Hall admitted to The Quietus in 2021 that “the pandemic’s arrival had a profound influence on me. “I spent roughly three months attempting to understand what was happening. Not even a single word came to mind. I spent that time trying to figure out how to live. “.
He then decided to record Protest Songs 1924-2012 with the band, an album of cover songs influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement, and release it in October 2021, according to The Quietus.
Their biggest hits at the time were “Ghost Town,” “Gangsters,” and “Too Much Too Young.”.
Hall also co-founded the bands Colourfield and Fun Boy Three with Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after leaving The Specials in 1981. According to NME, he later joined the band’s Terry, Blair, Anouchka, and Vegas.
Online tributes and condolences for Hall’s passing have been posted by Jane Wiedlin, a collaborator and personal friend of Hall’s.
He was a lovely, sensitive, talented, and unique person. We will always be linked by the song Our Lips Are Sealed, inspired by our incredibly brief love. It makes me very sad to hear this, she added.
According to the BBC, Hall is survived by his director wife, Lindy Heymann and his three sons, two of whom he shares with his ex-wife Jeannett