Terry Hall, Frontman For The Specials, Dies At Age 63

Pitchfork reports:

Terry Hall, the lead singer of the legendary ska band the Specials and former member of Fun Boy Three and the Colourfield, has died, his bandmates in the Specials have confirmed. They broke the news on social media, writing, “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.” Hall was 63 years old.

The Specials formed in 1977 in Coventry, England. It was their 1981 single “Ghost Town,” though, that would intertwine the band with the history books for good, becoming the soundtrack to the 1981 England riots between young Black people and the police that summer in response to racial discrimination. Because the Specials railed against racism in their lyrics and fostered inclusive environments at their shows, neo-Nazis often targeted their concerts.

Read the full article. I’ve adored all of Terry Hall’s bands since I was in college. Below is just a sampling of their many hits.