Terry Hall

Terry Hall is 60 this week.

He was born in Coventry and got his break as a member of a local punk band called Squad. He then became the lead singer with the Coventry Automatics in 1977 which evolved into The Specials in 1979.

Their first hit, Gangsters, credited as the Special AKA was championed by John Peel and reached number six in July 1979. Following their second number one, Ghost Town, in 1981, Terry left to form the Fun Boy Three with his former bandmates Lynval Golding and Neville Staples. They charted eight hits, including two with Bananarama.

In 1984, he formed another group, The Colourfield and had four hits, the highest being the number 12 peak of Thinking of You.

Various other short-lived projects followed including a solo career. In 2001 he appeared as a guest with the Gorillaz and in 2007 made an appearance at Glastonbury on the Pyramid stage with Lily Allen.

In 2008 he re-joined a reformed original line-up of the Specials with the exception of Jerry Dammers and in 2019 their new album Encore went straight in at number one giving them their highest ever UK hit album beating the number four peak of their debut eponymous album in 1979.

Let’s remember the Fun Boy Three’s number 10 hit from 1983, Tunnel of Love.

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