Terry Hall, who was the lead singer of the English band The Specials, passed away at the age of 63. The news of his demise was announced by the band on social media. Talking about the singer, he reportedly died following a brief illness. The official statement released by the band further described Hall as one of “the kindest, funniest, and most genuine of souls.”
The official statement
The Specials’ official social media post shared a heartbreaking statement to announce the passing of their lead singer, Terry Hall. Here is what it read, “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 humor, the fight for justice, but mostly the love.”
For the unversed, The Specials were known for their famous tracks, such as Ghost Town, Gangsters, and more. They were a popular British band formed in 1977.
Read the complete statement below.
“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 humor, 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”
We would ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”
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Terry Hall’s life
Terry Hall was born on March 19, 1959, in Coventry, England. The late singer suffered from depression at a very young age after he was kidnapped by a teacher when he was just 12 years old. According to a report by BBC, the lead singer of the band spoke about the same to The Spectator in 2019. Here is what he said, “II was abducted, taken to France and sexually abused for four days.”
Hall further explained that the incident left him with lifelong depression. It was also one of the main reasons why he dropped out of education at the age of 14 years, after getting addicted to the Valium that was earlier prescribed to him. Hall initially joined a local punk band called Squad. He also received his first-ever writing credit with them.
How Terry formed a band
Terry Hall formed the band Fun Boy Three with his Specials bandmates, namely, Lynval Golding and Neville Staple. The popular band enjoyed immense success and also collaborated with other bands for excellent musical endeavors. Later, the singer was also a part of another band, the Colourfield, in 1984 which is known for a significant hit song called Thinking of You.
Talking about Hall, he became popular for his collaborations, and he also worked with Lily Allen, and Blur’s Damon Albarn. He further worked with Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart with whom he formed a duo called the Vegas in 1992.