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Jamaican musician Tony Brevett dies from cancer

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October 26, 2013 03:23 PM EST | AP


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Tony Brevett, a Jamaican musician who launched the popular rocksteady band The Melodians, has died.

Band member Trevor McNaughton said Brevett died from cancer Saturday at a hospital in Miami. He was in his 60s.

The Melodians were best known for their hit, "The Rivers of Babylon." The song was included in the soundtrack of the 1972 movie "The Harder They Come."

McNaughton and Brevett were on a U.S. tour commemorating The Melodians' 50th anniversary before Brevett fell ill.