Terry Hall of English ska punk band The Specials dies

Terry Hall, frontman of the English ska-punk band The Specials, has died. He was 63.

Hall’s death was announced on the band’s Facebook page.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terry, our wonderful friend, brother and one of the most brilliant singer, songwriter and lyricist this country has ever produced, following a short illness.

“Terry was a wonderful husband and father and one of the kindest, funniest and genuine souls. His music and performances embodied the essence of life… the joy, the pain, the humor, the fight for justice, but most of all, love.

“He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him and leaves behind the gift of his remarkable music and deep humanity.”

In the late 70s, a band performs on stage

The Specials in the late 1970’s, from left: Neville Staples, Terry Hall and Horace Gentleman.

(Ebet Roberts/Redferns via Getty Images)

The Specials’ first two albums were landmarks in the multiracial ‘2-Tone’ scene that was sweeping England and beyond in the late ’70s and early ’80s, alongside peers like English Beat, Madness and The Selecter.

After the Specials released their haunting single “Ghost Town” in 1981, which brutally chronicled civil and economic unrest in England, Hall and two of his bandmates formed the poppier Fun Boy Three, which had a minor hit in the States with “Really Saying Something.” ‘, a collaboration with girl group Bananarama.

Hall also co-wrote the Go-Go classic pop hit “Our Lips Are Sealed” during a brief romantic relationship with the band’s bassist Jane Wiedlin.

This story will be updated.

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