It is with great sadness that we bring breaking news that the prolific underground roots reggae artist of the 1970s and early 1980s, Bobby Melody has died. The niceup.com website reports that he passed away on April 26th in Nottingham, England. No cause of death has so far been given.
Bobby was born in Trelawny, but he had been living in Britain since the early 1980s. His career started way back in the early 1970s when he was a member of The Prophets, a duo that provided backing vocals for influential singer Yabby You's Conquering Lion album.
He is probably best remembered though as a solo act, with his biggest success with his biggest hit being ‘Jah Bring I Joy’, which was produced by the late great Joe Gibbs.
Bobby also recorded for Gregory Isaacs' African Museum label and with deejay/producer Jah Thomas. Thomas was behind the controls for the album, ‘Singie Singie and Bobby Melody: Two Uprising Stars’, which was recorded at the famed Channel One studio with the Roots Radics Band and he was also at the helm for ‘Rock It Already’. His only other original album was ‘Live Stock’ though I have no details on that.
Recently Bobby’s songs have popped up on several compilations with the most noted being Reggae Anthology: Joe Gibbs - Scorchers From The Mighty Two which featured the impressive Jah Bring I Joy.