Terry Hall, one of the most renowned singers of all time and the frontman for the ska band, ‘The Specials’, unexpectedly passed away at 63 on Tuesday, December 20th, 2022. The band issued a statement on social media grieving his loss and confirming the news of his passing. Terry was referred to as one of “the nicest, funniest, and most genuine of souls” in the band’s statement.
Keep reading to know more about Terry Hall, including who he was, how he died, what was the cause of his death, tributes for Terry Hall, and a lot more!
Who Was Terry Hall?
Terry Edward Hall was born on March 19, 1959, in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. The Automatics, who later became The Specials, were founded in 1977. Terry joined the group in 1979, taking Tim Strickland’s place as the vocalist. Following their live tour support of the Clash, the 2 Tone Band gained notoriety. The singer came into the mainstream media in the 1970s and 1980s with classic singles, including Gangsters, Ghost Town, and Too Much Too Young. Terry was known for his quick wit and gloomy appearance.
Singles like “Gangsters” and “Ghost Town” helped the group reach its height of fame in the early 1980s. Terry worked with various musicians, including Sinéad O’Connor, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, D12, and Lily Allen, and he also released two solo albums. He separated from The Specials in 1981, to establish Fun Boy Three with Neville Staple and Lynval Golding, which went on to have a string of hits.
If we talk about his personal life, Terry was in a romantic relationship with Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos in the year 1980. They collaborated on the song “Our Lips Are Sealed.” Theo and Felix, two sons born to Hall and Jeanette Hall. Hall was a fan of Manchester United. He attempted suicide in 2004 and was subsequently given a manic depressive diagnosis.
How Did Terry Hall Die? Cause of Death
The Specials’ main vocalist Terry Hall went dead at the age of 63 on Tuesday, December 19th. According to the band, the singer passed away due to an unidentified“brief illness”. His death news has hit hard for all his beloved family members and the fans who are much close to him.
The band, “The Special” sent a message on social media and announced his passing:
“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.”
Also mentioned, “In addition to being a fantastic husband and parent, Terry had one of the sweetest, funniest, and most sincere souls. His performances and music captured the very core of his life—the happiness, the suffering, the humor, the struggle for justice, and most of all, the love.”
“All those who knew and loved him will sincerely miss him, and he leaves behind the gifts of his extraordinary music and genuine humanity. We kindly request that everyone respect the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”
Tributes Pour for Terry Hall
Elvis Costello:“I’m in agony after learning from Lynval Golding last night that Terry Hall had passed away. For the authentic and essential tunes on “The Specials,” Terry’s voice provided the ideal accompaniment. In both his happy and sad songs, such honesty can be heard.”
Jane Wiedlin:“I was devastated to learn about Terry Hall’s demise. He was a charming, compassionate, gifted, and special individual. The song Our Lips Are Sealed, which was inspired by our incredibly brief relationship, will always link the two of us through music. This is terrible news.”
Rowetta:“From being the greatest frontman from the greatest bands. And a charming, decent, attractive man. I’ll miss his messages, music, and candor after every United game. Terry Hall Always!”
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