BRITISH Ska drummer John ‘Brad’ Bradbury has died aged 62, his former band mates announced today.
The Specials tweeted the news today, writing: “It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world’s greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP.”
When the original Specials split in 1981, he joined the reversioned band The Special AKA, who had a top 10 hit with Free Nelson Mandela.
In a statement, his family said: 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 family’s sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately.”