NY: Reggae singer Tony, Brevette, an original member of the Melodians, one of Jamaica’s greatest Rocksteady groups of the ’60s and ’70s will perform at an up close & personal Mother’s Day concert on Sunday, May 12 at the Vision Banquet Hall in Queens, NY.
As a member of the Melodians, Brevette recorded internationally hits like “Rivers of Babylon” and “Sweet Sensation.” He has also enjoyed success as a solo artiste, recording “You Took Me By Surprise,” “Don’t Get Weary,” “Over Hills and Valleys” and “I’ve Got To Get Back Home.”
An interesting twist at the event is that the organisers have invited master songwriter turn singer Renford “Rene” Cogle as a special guest. “Rene” co-wrote much of the songs for the Melodians in the 60’s and 70’s. He has penned songs like “Rivers of Babylon,” “Survival” by the I-Threes and the groovy reggae ballad “You Keep On Running” by Delroy Wilson. Aside from the aforementioned tracks, Cogle has lent his awesome talent to gifted crooners like Dennis Brown, Cynthia Schloss, Sanchez, Jimmy London, UB 40, Eddie Lovett, Leroy Sibbles and Mikey Spice who have all covered his work.
Cogle got trusted into the music business years ago when the late Delory Wilson recorded “You Lonely Days,” “Any Heart Can Be Broken” and “You Keep On Running” which became his first #1 hit single. He followed with “Sweet Rose,” “Ring Of Gold,” “Rock It With Me” and “Babylon Policy” which all became international reggae staples for Tony Brevett of the Melodians.
For Brent Dowe he wrote “No Nola,” “Built Me Up” “and the popular “Sweet Sensation” which was covered by British group UB 40. A few of his songs have even been featured in the movie “Harder They Come.” Ras Droppa will be another special guest artiste while the Ruff Stuff band will back all the acts.