Terry’s work with the Specials and FunBoyThree was a major part of the musical soundtrack of my university days. I was listening to “Ghost Town” just yesterday in the car. Rest in peace, good sir, and thanks for the music.
I saw and met The Specials in 2009, when the 6-part reunion line-up (no Jerry Dammers) came to a theatre where I worked as a doorman. The band mostly came and left separately, and it was clear that there were still bad feelings amongst some of them, with only Horace Panter & John Bradbury hanging out together. A fine show though, despite the non-inclusion of 'Ghost Town' (Horace complained afterwards that if Terry would cut down on his smoking then he'd be able to sing it every night!). Neville Staple was the friendliest to staff, but Terry Hall did shake my hand as he left, and seemed to appreciate me thanking him. R.I.P.!