Tony Brevett of the Melodians Dies of Cancer

Jamaican musician, Tony Brevett passed away last Friday at the Florida Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Brevett was one of the founding members of The Melodians who were best known for their hit, “The Rivers of Babylon,” which was included in the soundtrack of the movie, “The Harder They Come” in 1972. Other hits included Little Nut Tree, and Swing and Dine. Their group was considered one of Jamaica’s greatest Rocksteady groups.

Trevor McNaughton, his colleague in the group, claimed that Brevett was admitted to Florida Memorial Hospital in early August. He was complaining about stomach pains and kidney problems, which is why they cancelled their show in Miami last August 6.

Aside from Brevett, other members of The Melodians have also passed away include Brent Dowe who died last January 29, 2006 after he suffered a heart attack at the age of 59, and Lloyd Brevett OD, Tony’s brother who passed away on May 2012 at the age of 80.

Before Brevett got sick, he and McNaughton were on their US tour commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Melodians.

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Wow that is extremely sad news to know such a legend in the Reggae industry has passed on. Tony Brevett has achieved so much and I am sure as long as Reggae music continues to be as influential across the world his legacy will live on.

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