The leader of Blur and Gorillaz shared a video of himself playing the piano while singing a somber version of “Friday Night, Saturday Morning” by The Specials, a hit from 1980. The caption read, “Terry, you meant the world to me.” “I adore you.
The legendary ska band announced yesterday that the influential singer had died at age 63 after a “brief illness.” He was celebrated as “a beautiful friend, brother, and one of the most brilliant singers, songwriters, and lyricists this country has ever produced.”
The Specials shared the news of Terry’s passing in a Twitter thread, saying, “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.”
“Terry was one of the sweetest, funniest, and most genuine people you could ever meet. He was also a wonderful husband and father. His songs and performances captured the full gamut of human emotion, from laughter to tears to a desire for retribution and ultimately, love.
The legacy of his remarkable music and profound humanity will live on, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. After The Specials’ upbeat performances, Terry would often leave the stage with the words “Love Love Love.”
As a follow-up, the group stated, “We would ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”
See Damon Albarn Pay Tribute To Terry Hall By Covering The Specials’ “Friday Night, Saturday Morning”
Since Terry Hall, lead singer for the Specials passed away 24 hours ago, his musical peers have been pouring their hearts out in tribute. Damon Albarn, leader of Blur and Gorillaz, who has worked with Hall on numerous occasions, is one of those paying tribute. You meant the world to me, Terry.
In a tweet accompanied by a video of himself playing the Specials’ “Friday Night, Saturday Morning” on solo piano, Albarn simply wrote, “I love you.” Take a look at the clip down below.
Neville Staple, Hall’s former bandmate in The Specials, tweeted yesterday, “I was deeply saddened to hear about Terry Hall’s passing on Sunday. Damn. We were in Egypt when they called for [Christine ‘Sugary’ Staple].
We had heard that Terry was sick, but we didn’t know the extent of it until recently. We just finalized some 2023 music deals with each other. Oh, man, I really feel this now.
Later, Specials creator Jerry Dammers said, “Terry’s death is very shocking, horrible, and tragic news.” Terry was so young and I feel very sad,” he went on. Although it has been suggested that Terry and I did not get along in the first Specials, we actually did.
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I think Terry’s hidden strength came out in the studio with Elvis Costello producing; his quiet delivery brought out the melancholy in some of The Specials’ songs, and I think a lot of people could relate to that. “Beyond our punky start on stage, it was in the studio with Elvis Costello producing that I think his hidden strength came out. To his wife and children, my deepest condolences.
Damon Albarn Plays A Moving Piano Cover In Tribute To Terry Hall
Damon Albarn has written a song in tribute to Terry Hall of the Specials, a friend who recently passed away. As a tribute to Hall, who passed away on Monday at the age of 63, a member of the Gorillaz band posted a video of himself playing the piano to the Specials’ “Friday Night, Saturday Morning” on Tuesday.
Along with the video of his somber piano cover of the 1980 hit, Albarn wrote on Twitter, “Terry, you meant the world to me.” Say it with me now: “I love you.”
Hall and Albarn were friends for a long period of time. Hall performed with Blur on the “Nite Klub” 1996 French TV show on the channel Mon Taratata a Moi. And at the Ivor Novello Awards, Hall gave Albarn the Songwriter of the Year trophy.
British ska-punk band lead singer Hall passed away after a “brief illness.” The members of his band released a statement on social media announcing his death.
A brief illness took the life of Terry, “our beautiful friend, brother, and one of the most brilliant singers, songwriters, and lyricists this country has ever produced,” the message read.
Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos also paid tribute to Hall in a touching way after his death.
Shock and sadness at the news of #terryhall’s passing. He was an exceptionally lovely, sensitive, gifted, and singular individual. As Wiedlin put it on Twitter, “Our extremely brief romance resulted in the song Our Lips Are Sealed, which will forever tie us together in music history.” This is extremely upsetting news.
Songs like “Ghost Town,” “Gangsters,” and “Too Much Too Young” are among the Specials’ most well-known works. Multiple comebacks of the band occurred, and Hall finally rejoined in 2008. In 1977, Hall created the ska band, and he sang lead until 1981. In 2008, he came back for a reunion that would be his last.