Like JC who posted a beautiful heartfelt tribute yesterday I first heard of the death of Terry Hall by text late on Monday night - in my case via almost similtaneous messages from a pal and my brother.
About a month ago following the death of Wilco Johnston JC commented here that The sad thing is, the ages of so many of the musicians who the likes of you and I looked up to, admired or indeed worshipped, means that reading obituaries is going to be an ever-increasing habit in the months and years ahead.
Now this is probably true but it didn't stop the death of Terry hitting many of us like a ton of bricks. 63 for goodness sake, that's no age at all.
It does mean however that he was an artist that we were privileged to grow up with and to see evolve over the years. If they had done nothing else the multi racial approach of the Specials and Two Tone has assured their place in history.
Terry Hall of course did so much more. From the Specials to Fun Boy Three to The Colour Field and many, many more interesting and innovative collaborations.
The legacy he has left can by gauged by the many tributes on the right hand sidebar and much more importantly by the music he has left us with.
Rest easy Terry.