Jamaican Music

The Melodians – 1 Minute Jamaican Music Biography


The Melodians began to come into their own as a vocal phenominon just between the Ska and Rock Steady phases of Jamaica’s musical development. That was the Rude Boy era. But it was with Rock Steady and their association with Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label that they really made their mark. Along with the Heptones, The Paragons and the Techniques, the Melodians ruled their era. Both Tony Brevett and Brent Dowe provided stirring lead vocals. When they moved on to record with Mrs. Pottinger’s label they remained excellent. The Melodians enjoyed substantial success in Britain too and their Reggae era mega-hit ‘The Rivers of Babylon’ remains a true Jamaican anthem to this day.
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