2 Jan 2016

Jim Pinckney remembers The Specials' John Bradbury

From RNZ Music, 3:45 pm on 2 January 2016
The Specials' drummer John "Brad" Bradbury

The Specials' drummer John "Brad" Bradbury Photo: @thespecials

Fellow Coventry boy, Jim Pinckney remembers The Specials' drummer John "Brad" Bradbury who passed away suddenly aged 62.

The band are credited for bringing the ska and rocksteady sound to a new and wider audience, and Bradbury was a gifted drummer in the proudly multicultural The Specials.

Jim speaks to Yadana Saw about the cultural climate of late 70s working class Britain which contributed to the sound and identity of The Specials.

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Music details

Artist: The Specials
Song: Ghost Town
Composer: Jerry Dammers
Album: More Specials
Label: Tru Tone