RIP Lynden David Hall

RIP Lynden David Hall

February has been a pretty shitty month… Jay Dee and the Big L and Big Pun anniversaries, and now the sad death yesterday of UK soul soul star Lynden David Hall, who has died after a two year battle with the rare cancer Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Discovered by the manager of UK group Loose Ends, the South London singer-songwriter released his debut album Medicine 4 My Pain in 1998. The LP delivered singles Do I Qualify, Forgive Me and breakthrough hit Sexy Cinderella. Lynden went out to win Best Newcomer at the MOBOs and a nomination for Best Male at the Brits. His death is a huge loss for British music.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson, who signed Hall to Cooltempo Records in 1996, said his death was a “tragic loss”. “It’s the loss of a great talent unfulfilled. At the time, in my capacity as an A&R man, he was one of the biggest talents of his time, and ahead of his time in many ways,” he said. “He was a very unassuming guy, very quiet and introverted, not your typical wannabe pop star. It’s a sad day for British black music, but knowing Lynden as I do, I hope the attention that this brings him will make people go and re-visit his music.”

Saxophonist Courtney Pine, who toured and recorded with Hall, told the BBC News website: “I was very sorry to hear that we have lost yet another talented UK musician. “I’m sure fans and musicians will miss his great voice and musical ability.”

BBC 1Xtra DJ Ronnie Herel also paid tribute to Hall. He said: “My heart sunk when I heard that Lynden passed away, my heart goes out to his family and friends at this time. Medicine 4 My Pain was a landmark album for UK black music. It wasn’t for the glory but simply for the music, to meet him you wouldn’t know that he was pure genius. I knew Lynden quite well at the time he put out his debut album out, he was a cool, sweet guy who lived for his music and that’s how I’m going to remember him.”

Hall’s biggest hit single Sexy Cinderella reached number 17 in the UK charts in 1998, and he was nominated for best British male at the Brit Awards the following year. More recently Hall appeared in the film Love Actually as a wedding singer, performing All You Need Is Love.

In November, stars including Pine, Beverley Knight, Roachford, Shola Ama and Ms Dynamite headlined The Lynden’s Wish concert at London’s Jazz Cafe to raise money for cancer charities.

Lynden David Hall – Sexy Cinderella (12″ Cosmack Mix)

21 Replies to “RIP Lynden David Hall”

  1. I have just found out and I am gutted,shocked and very sad.We are all certain of one thing in life and thats death,so its about celebration of our life so I thank god for giving us Lynden David Hall for 31 years,what a pleasure and a wicked singer.
    The hardest thing is for the family he has left behind and no words are of comfort but time is a great healer.He is probably up there chilling with God and busting some lyrics.
    God bless you Lynden.
    Love
    Linda in Leeds

  2. Rest in peace, a very talented british singer who still had a very long way to go. I was still waiting for his tour dates.
    Love to all his famliy who were by his side for the past two years when he needed them the most.
    god bless you lyden
    xxxxxxxxxx

  3. i’ve just heard about the passing of a great talent and find it shocking that in modern society with extreme medical progression the lives of the great ones are still being taken…God takes people from earth when he requires more angels in heaven and he takes the best ones first…remember only the good die young..RIP Lynden David Hall – may u never have to cry a single tear

  4. I am shocked. I didnt kno anything about his condition. and 31 is a real young age, especially wit a family behind him. thought to his family.
    R.I.P

    x

  5. I was very saddened to hear about Lynden’s passing; A true musician and one whose music has been a soundtrack to many of my most happy memories. I shall treasure his works’ place in my collection and feel for his loved ones at what is an extremely difficult time.

  6. A truly sad piece of news. I also knew nothing of Lynden’s illness & what a shock to hear of his sad passing away. A great memory I’ll always treasure is being with my boyfriend at Notting Hill Carnival some years ago, and seeing a group of people cheering and waving. Looking up at the window of a pub, and there was Lynden David Hall smiling and waving… We spent the rest of the day really on a high at having seen one of our favourite singers, a true & humble star. My thoughts and prayers to Lynden’s family. Rest peacefully Lynden- may your beautiful, velvet tones ring through my ears and in heaven always.

  7. A noble and distinguished man, who’s musical gifts acted like a small window in which to view the heart of a most wonderful human being. Though his musical gifts brought him to our attention, he proved that he was much more than a musician. During his noble battle against cancer, he demonstrated a dignity, courage and grace in adversity that is the rare hallmark of the truly great. I was Privileged to attend the benefit gig at the Jazz Café in November 2005, and will never forget “That Moment” when his wife called him and held the mobile phone in the air and the place erupted in Appreciation. (Now thats love!!!!) Our loss is heaven’s gain, but his songs will be played time and time again. Love to his wife and family, we are with you all and Lynden is with you always.

  8. The last time I saw Lynden perform was in 1999 on a tv show called Drumbeat, filmed in Aston, Birmingham, Lynden he was just brilliant!. I remember during a break in filming (it was a Sunday), the producer of the show Pogus Caesar and Lynden sitting outside the venue, both quietly talking music. Pogus who is also an acclaimed photographer took some photos of Lynden..one of the images is featured at OOM Gallery in Birmingham…LYNDEN DAVID HALL your music will live on and on xx

  9. I have got to say this is a sad day he was a great person and was talented writer. His music touch a lot of people I remember buying his first album but what was mad is my sister bought the album on the same day. That was Medicine 4 my pain great tracks I got his last album the day it came out in between jobs. He will be missed thank you for making great music. i’m so sad i had a chance to see him play at finsbury park a few years ago when there was a rnb soul and hip hop event on. I got out of my hotel i could hear his voice from the other side of the road i missed him by 10min. I was so gutted that i never got a chance to see him play live my heart goes out to his family. Here has to be the best uk soul act of my time. i never cry but when i heard about this it really did hert a lot. He was so talanted an his voice was amaszing. A true artist i will remember him for along time rest in peace lynden you will be missed

  10. I am sorry to hear of Lynden David Hall’s death; not only did Britain lose a great talent, creative force and beautiful musician, but a great human being. I send my love and best wished to Lynden’s family and friends.. Lynden’s music always makes me feel better when i am down especially “Don’t Wanna Talk” and “Sleeping with Victor”, thank you for that LDH!
    (We must remember that tomorrow comes after the dark, you will always be in my heart with unconditional love….tupac Shakur)
    R.I.P Lynden
    xxxx
    Paula, Glasgow

  11. Lynden U remain evergreen in our hearts.He was in Nigeria,Africa in 99.So many pple fell in luv wit him.
    R.I.P Till we meet again…
    Peace bro.

  12. I am so so sad. What a loss. It feels like I have a lost a biological brother. Lynden may your soul rest in peace. To your family, my deepest sympathies. LDH till we meet on the other side.

    Thenji, Soweto (South Africa)

  13. Pogus Caesar’s new photo book on black musicans called, ILOVE THIS TITLE……………….’muzik kinda sweet’ features amongst others the great lynden david hall.

    CANT WAIT.

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