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Mellodians founder is dead

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Another artiste in the reggae industry is dead. Trevor McNaughton, founder of The Melodians, died Tuesday at the Kendrick Rehabilitation Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. His wife, Irene, gave the cause of death as respiratory failure.

 

The 77-year-old McNaughton was admitted on October 6 to Jackson North Hospital in Miami, but was transferred to Kendrick Rehabilitation Hospital after showing improvement. His wife said he deteriorated over the past two days and died Tuesday evening.

 

Born in Hanover, the dreadlocked McNaughton started The Melodians in 1963 in Greenwich Farm, Kingston. They were one of the most successful acts of the 1966-68 rocksteady era, recording mainly for producer Duke Reid.

 

Many of their songs, including Little Nut Tree and By The Rivers of Babylon, are reggae classics.

 

By The Rivers of Babylon was produced by Leslie Kong and is part of the soundtrack to the 1972 movie, The Harder They Come. McNaughton was sole survivor of the original trio which also included Brent Dowe and Trevor Brevett. Dowe died in 2006, while Brevett passed away in 2013.

 

Winston Dias and Taurus Alphonso joined The Melodians in the last four years, and along with McNaughton performed at events in South Florida, the United Kingdom and Spain.

 

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