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John Bradbury, drummer for The Specials, RIP

photo: John Bradbury w/ The Specials @ Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
John Bradbury Specials RIP

More sad music news. John Bradbury, drummer for The Specials and The Special AKA, has died. He was 62. The Specials released an official statement:

It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the very sad news that our much loved husband and father John “Brad” Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28th of December. Brad’s drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound.

He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground breaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979. He was an integral part of The Specials reforming in 2008 and toured with them extensively up to the present day.

His contribution to the world of music can not be understated and he will much missed by family, friends and fans alike. It is the families sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately.

The Specials trombonist Rico died earlier this year. John Bradbury, you were an integral part of The Specials’ sound and you will be missed.

Listen to Bradbury in action as part of of a Specials live concert from 1979, below…

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