Terry Hall has left us.
fond memories of seeing the band when they played my local pub in April 1979, met Jerry afterwards and bought the single. I did meet Terry a few years later but he was in a bad mood so we didn't talk long, R.I.P.
incidently I saw Simon Fox's Blazer Blazer in this pub around the same time
BBC 2 Tone The Sound of Coventry documentary . . .
Let's also remember that Ian Nelson contributed clarinet to the title track of 'Virgins and Philistines' by The Colourfield.
I've been playing my Specials and More Specials albums in tribute. Terry had a unique voice that was instantly recognizable. 2 Tone was a very cool label back in the day too....
Very sad news about Terry. As a teenager in the late 70s, the Specials made a big impact on me and my schoolmates, in terms of music, style, and even politics and attitude. Terry was a great front man - understated but quietly powerful - and seemingly a nice guy too. I see that Bill has written a nice tribute to him on his Facebook page.
RIP Martin Duffy too - big fan of his work with Felt.
Jeez, was so shocked to hear this! RIP Terry xx
Wow, what a shocker...I always liked The Specials and there's no doubt 'Ghost Town' is one of the great songs of modern times, a great social commentary that's just as relevant today, as it was 40 years ago.
What a strange day it's been, learning today, completely out of the blue and by chance really, that a girl I used to date years ago (mid 80's) had recently died, she would have been 55...It sounded very tragic, she lost her job (quite high-flying), turned to drink and just spiralled down...She was a lovely, kind person, and quite the looker....Not to detract from Terry Hall's death, but it's been on my mind all day.
So many great musicians passing away in recent times.
Thanks for posting Alec, I didn't know about Terry.
Strange indeed, as I type this, listening to the radio, just announced Martin Duffy (Felt, Primal Scream, The Charlatans) has just died, and aged 55 (how strange)...another one gone.
He was a Bill Nelson fan I believe.