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Terry Hall, formally of the Specials, Fun Boy Three and the Colourfield, would have been 65 last week.

After a tough school life, Terry formed the Coventry Automatics in 1977 who later became the Specials and it was John Peel who gave them their break when he played their debut single, Gangsters, on his Radio 1 show. Following their chart-topping single Ghost Town in 11981, Hall left to form the Fun Boy Three with former Specials’ members Lynval Golding and Neville Staple. After eight hits, three years later he formed the Colourfield and had four further hits, their best known being Thinking of You. He had further UK chart success as a member of Terry, Blair & Anouchka and Vegas and in the 2000s worked with Damon Albarn’s band the Gorillaz.

Terry suffered with depression most of his life following a serious sexual assault whilst he was still at school, it was so bad that he attempted suicide in 2004. He eventually died of pancreatic cancer in December 2022 aged just 63.

Let’s remember Terry and the Colourfield’s number 12 hit of 1985.