Bradley Nowell

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Reggae Singer
Date of Birth February 22, 1968
Place of Birth Long Beach, California
Date of Death May 25, 1996 (28)
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Bradley Nowell

Bradley James Nowell was an American musician and the lead singer and guitarist of the ska punk band Sublime. Born and raised in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, California, Nowell developed an interest in music at a young age. His father took him on a trip to Jamaica during his childhood years, which exposed him to reggae and dancehall music; he then gained a strong interest in rock music once he learned how to play guitar. Nowell played in various bands until forming Sublime with bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh, whom he had met while attending California State University at Long Beach. In his lifetime, Sublime released the albums 40oz. to Freedom and Robbin' the Hood to critical and commercial success. Throughout the band's career, Nowell struggled with a worsening addiction to heroin. He eventually became sober after his son Jakob was born, but relapsed and died of a heroin overdose in May 1996, aged 28, in a San Francisco hotel while Sublime was on tour.

Birth name: Bradley James Nowell
Born: February 22, 1968, Long Beach, California, U.S.
Died: May 25, 1996, San Francisco, California, U.S.
Genres: Ska punk, reggae rock, reggae, third wave ska, alternative rock, acoustic rock, hip hop, punk rock
Occupation(s): Guitarist, songwriter, music producer
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, percussion, congas, sampler, drum programming
Years active: 1981–1996
Labels: MCA, Skunk
Associated acts: Sublime, Hogan's Heroes (California band), Hogan's Heroes, Gwen Stefani, Long Beach Dub All Stars
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About Bradley Nowell

Formed the reggae-rock band Sublime and died of a heroin overdose while the band was on tour. He was the guardian of Lou Dog, the unofficial mascot of Sublime.

Before Fame

He was so difficult to handle as a youth that his mother relinquished custody of him to his father.


He was at the height of his career when he died with the self-titled album Sublime and the many singles it spawned: "What I Got," "Santeria," and "Wrong Way."

Family Life

He got married to Troy Dendekker on May 18, 1996 and they had one child together.


He sang with famous musician Gwen Stefani.

Information related to Bradley Nowell

  • Dub music - Dub is a genre of electronic music that grew out of reggae in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and is commonly considered a subgenre, though it has developed to extend beyond the scope of reggae.
  • Long Beach Dub All Stars - The Long Beach Dub Allstars are a dub/ska/rock band formed in 1997 and disbanded in 2002, but reformed 10 years later.
  • Long Beach Shortbus - Long Beach Shortbus was a reggae-influenced punk band from Long Beach, California. The band consists of four regular members: RAS-1, Trey Pangborn, Eric Wilson and Damion Ramirez.
  • Sublime (band) - Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson, and Bud Gaugh. Lou Dog, Nowell's dalmatian, was the mascot of the band.
  • Wilson Classical High School alumni
  • Musicians from Long Beach, California
  • American punk rock guitarists
  • California State University, Long Beach alumni
  • Alternative rock singers
  • American punk rock singers
  • American alternative rock musicians
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