Ska and Reggae band drummer John ‘Brad’ Bradbury has died.
The news was announced by his family that the 62-year-old who for many years was an integral part of The Specials band reggae sound died on Monday of this week.
According to a family statement he died Monday but did not provide the cause of death. A representative for the band said he died in England.
“Brad’s drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound,” the family statement said. “He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely groundbreaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979.”
On the band’s Twitter page the heartfelt tribute read “”It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world’s greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP.”
Bradbury was born in Coventry, the band’s home base 95 miles (150 kilometres) northwest of London, and he joined in 1979 after the original drummer left. He was made a permanent member after playing at the recording session for the single “Gangsters.”
The band shot to popularity as part of the ska revival and found a wide following for political songs like “War Crimes” and “Free Nelson Mandela.”