John Bradbury (drummer)

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John Bradbury
John Bradbury - Rhythm Magazine shoot.jpg
Background information
Birth name John Bradbury
Also known as Brad, JB
Born (1953-02-16) 16 February 1953 (age 62)
Coventry, England
Genres Soul, Ska, Reggae,
Occupation(s) Drummer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, activist
Instruments drums, Vocals, synthesizer, piano, keyboards, congas, bongos,
Years active 1968–present
Labels RCA Victor, EMI, Chrysalis, Two Tone,

John "Brad" Bradbury (born 16 February 1953, Coventry, England) is an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer in the English Ska group The Specials. He co-wrote "The Selecter", a joint "A" side with "Gangsters".

He joined The Special AKA when the original Specials split in 1981; they had a Top 10 hit with "Free Nelson Mandela". He was the main instigator. During the lifespan of the Special AKA, he also headed a band called JB's Allstars - a soul revue influenced by Bradbury's enthusiasm for Northern soul - releasing several singles on 2-Tone.[1] Bradbury agreed to participate in the reunion tour of The Specials in 2009.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

John Bradbury was born in Coventry, England, and he also grew up there. Bradbury attended Kingston-upon-Hull Regional College of Art where he was awarded BA (Hons) Fine Art, and Aston University where he gained a PGCE.[citation needed]


Bradbury cites that his main influences are Al Jackson Jr., and Sly Dunbar.[5]


  1. ^ "2 Tone Records - Artists - JB's Allstars". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  2. ^ "BBC - 6 Music - The Specials reunion". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ "UK | England | Coventry/Warwickshire | Ska band confirms reunion plans". BBC News. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ "The Specials reunite for 2009 tour | News". Nme.Com. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ "John "Brad" Bradbury". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

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