Damon Albarn has posted a touching piano tribute to The Specials’ Terry Hall, who died on Monday (December 19).
The Specials announced that Hall had died at the age of 63 after a short illness.
Since the news of Hall’s death broke, honors for the frontman have piled up. Fellow artists, celebrities and members of the public all paid their respects.
Now Damon Albarn has posted his own ode to the late singer.
“Terry, you meant the world to me. I love you,” the Blur frontman wrote on his Instagram page, along with a video of him covering The Specials’ song “Friday Night, Saturday Morning.”
In the video, Albarn can be seen playing the piano and standing in front of the camera as light streams in through the window behind.
Albarn’s Piano Tribute is slower and more melancholy than the original version, but is instantly recognizable as a 1980 track.
The delicate cover was praised in the comments, one of which was from singer Beck, who wrote: “We love terry”.
On Monday (December 19) the Coventry Two-Tone Band announced the news in a tweet. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terry, our wonderful friend, brother and one of the most brilliant singer, songwriter and lyricist this country has ever produced, following a short illness,” they wrote.
“Terry was a wonderful husband and father and one of the kindest, funniest and genuine souls. His music and performances embodied the essence of life… the joy, the pain, the humor, the fight for justice, but most of all, love.
“He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, leaving behind the gift of his remarkable music and deep humanity. Terry would often leave the stage at the end of The Specials’ life-affirming shows with three words… ‘Love Love Love’.”
In addition to the Blur frontman, the likes of Elvis Costello, Frank Turner, UB40 and Boy George have also paid their respects to the legendary singer.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/terry-hall-death-damon-albarn-tribute-the-specials-b2249133.html Terry Hall Death: Damon Albarn Posts Beautiful Piano Tribute To The Specials