Top singles from the past
11 July 2023
British ska heroes THE SPECIALS scored their biggest hit with
the sublime doom anthem GHOST TOWN (more than 57 million
streams on Spotify).
This day in 1981, on 11 July, it conquered the top spot
of the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for 10 weeks.
The song’s content was appropriate again when COVID-19
locked us up for about 2 years and now again, as Brex-shit
roars its ugly head.
R.I.P. Terry Hall
20 December 2022
TERRY HALL (born Terence Edward Hall in Coventry UK), the voice/face
and co-songwriter of ska legends THE SPECIALS has passed away following
a short illness. No further details were revealed. He was only 1963.
The band broke the news on their social media.
“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. He will be deeply missed by all who knew
and loved him and leaves behind the gift of his remarkable music and profound
Terry often left the stage at the end of The Specials’ life-affirming shows with three
words…’Love Love Love’. Terry was a wonderful husband and father and one of the
kindest, funniest, and most genuine of souls. His music and his performances encapsulated
the very essence of life… the joy, the pain, the humour, the fight for justice, but mostly the love. We would ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”
Hall also was successful with side-projects Fun Boy Three,
The Colourfield and recorded/released 3 solo LPs. Rest in peace.
– GHOST TOWN –
– FUN BOY THREE –
TERRY HALL: Bio
Striking single sleeves…
‘Ghost Town’ by THE SPECIALS
B-sides: Why? and Friday Night Saturday Morning
Released: 12 June 1981
Score: #1 in the UK for ten weeks
This remarkable song is, unfortunately, highly relevant again with
many ghost towns around the globe due to that damned coronavirus…
THE SPECIALS: Facebook