The Specials drummer John Bradbury dies aged 62

John “Brad” Bradbury, the drummer with 2 Tone group the Specials, has died aged 62.

The band announced the news of his death on 29 December via Twitter: — @thespecials December 29, 2015 It is with John_Bradburydeep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world’s greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP.

A statement released by the Special’s spokesperson praised the musician’s influence on the 2 Tone scene: “Brad’s drumming was the powerhouse behind the Specials, and it was seen as a key part to the 2 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 re-forming in 2008, and [he] toured with them extensively up to the present day. His contribution to the world of music can not be understated. He’ll be much missed by family, friends and fans alike.”

During his career, John Bradbury was also a member of soul group JB’s Allstars and Selecter. He performed with the Specials until his death. Record Press would like to mark his passing with this Top5 Best Specials songs –

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1)    Ghost Town ( No1 1981 )

2)    Do Nothing ( No4 1980 )

3)    Rat Race ( No5 1980 )

4)    Stereotype ( No6 1980 )

5)    Too Much Too Young ( No1 1980 )

specials too much too youngWhich is your favourite Specials song and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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