Terry Hall, singer of the British group The Specials, died at the age of 63, announced on Monday, December 19, that the ska group was founded in the late 1970s.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terry, our wonderful friend, brother and one of the finest singers, songwriters and lyricists this country has ever produced, after a short illness.”announced the group on several social networks, including Twitter and Facebook.
“His music and performances encapsulated the true essence of life… joy, pain, humor, the fight for justice, but above all, love”writes the group again, which praises its “remarkable music and its deep humanity”.
“Ghost Town”, world hit
Born in 1959 and hailing from Coventry, Warwickshire (West England), Terry Hall rose to prominence with the Specials in the late 1970s. In 1981 it became their signature number ghost town ranking at the top of UK sales for several weeks.
Hall told our journalist Stéphane Davet in 2019: “I have suffered from manic depression since I was 12”. He then revealed, in the song The Life and Times (of a Man Called Depression), after being a victim of pedophilia during a school trip to France.
He had had other musical experiences outside of the Specials before the group reformed late and appeared on stage in various formats. Last year these veterans of the British scene released an album of covers of their protest songs.
During his career, Terry Hall has also collaborated with other artists such as the rapper Tricky, Gorillaz or Lily Allen.