January 30, 2023

Terry Corridor, lead singer of UK ska band The Specials, has died on the age of 63.

The band introduced Corridor’s demise on Monday (December nineteenth): “It’s with nice unhappiness that we announce the passing, following a short sickness, of Terry, our lovely pal, brother and probably the most good singers, songwriters and lyricists this nation has ever produced.”

“Terry was an exquisite husband and father and one of many kindest, funniest, and most real of souls,” the assertion continued. “His music and his performances encapsulated the very essence of life… the enjoyment, the ache, the humour, the battle for justice, however principally the love.”

Corridor joined The Specials shortly after their formation in 1977, changing authentic vocalist Tim Strickland. The band initially glided by the identify Automatics, after which Coventry Automated, earlier than completely deciding on The Specials in 1978. Their huge break got here that very same yr, when Joe Strummer attended one in every of their live shows and invited them to open for The Conflict on their  “On Parole” UK tour.

With a lineup that includes Corridor, songwriter/keyboardist Jerry Dammers, guitarist Roddy Radiation, toaster Neville Staple, and drummer John Bradbury, in 1979 the band launched their debut single “Gangsters,” a transforming of Prince Buster’s “Al Capone.” The music ultimately hit the highest 10 within the UK and put The Specials on the forefront of the UK’s 2 Tone scene alongside The Selecter and The Beat. Elvis Costello produced The Particular’s self-titled debut document, which was launched on Dammers’ 2 Tone label.

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