Born: June 29, 1946
Died: Jan 29, 2004
Brent Dowe was one of the singers and founding members of the vocal trio The Melodians. They were one of Jamaica’s greatest rocksteady groups, cutting a series of classic singles during the late ’60s and early ’70s that included the internationally famed ‘Rivers of Babylon’ ( which he sang lead on) and ‘Sweet Sensation’.The group was formed in the Greenwich Town area of Kingston in 1963 and included Tony Brevett and Brent Dowe, who split lead vocal duties, plus full-time harmony singer Trevor McNaughton. Dowe left the group in 1973 and recorded solo singles during the mid-’70s. The trio reconvened once again in the early ’80s and cut a reunion album of new material. Brent Dowe suffered from a heart attack in his home in Hugenden, Jamaica at January 29, 2004 at the age of 59.