Tag: Jerry Dammers

All Quiet Now: John ‘Brad’ Bradbury The Specials Drummer.

Jerry Dammers remembers John ‘Brad’ Bradbury, drummer with The Specials, who sadly died on Monday 28th December 2015. Hearing of Brad’s death has been a great shock to me and it is a very sad day indeed. I was friends with Brad and the two of us shared a house some time before the Specials . He was highly intelligent, had a very mischievous sense of humour which could be very funny, and he played the drums with an incredible amount of energy which was a very important part of the Specials’ sound and live shows. We had some...

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All Quiet Now: Rico Rodriguez. An Appreciation By Jerry Dammers.

An appreciation by Jerry Dammers, founder of The Specials and 2 Tone records. 5th September 2015. It’s hard to express how sad I feel about the death of Rico Rodriguez yesterday. He taught me so much about what a proper musician is supposed to try and do. For me, getting to play with him was one of the greatest things about the Specials. His album Man from Wareika had been one of my all time favourites and a great inspiration. I could not believe that he had agreed to play with us, and his contribution to the Specials was...

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