Tyrone Downie was a Jamaican keyboardist/pianist who is most recognized for his work as a member of Bob Marley and The Wailers. He studied at Kingston College and joined The Wailers in the mid-1970s, making his recorded début with the band on Rastaman Vibration, having previously been a member of the Impact All-Stars.
Bob Marley and The Wailers pianist Tyrone Downie passed away at age 66.
Tyrone Downie is a keyboardist and pianist from Jamaica who is most known for his work with Bob Marley and The Wailers, passed away Friday night while traveling to the University Hospital of the West Indies in Jamaica. He was 66. He was a member of the reggae band “Jahzz” from France at the time of his passing.
Downie recently worked on two albums, one for Jahzz which will be released on Tuesday with a showcase in Paris, France, and one for Tiken Jah Fakoly which was released last Friday. The musician Robbie Lyn reported that Downie’s partner, Bernadine Simpson, had sent him a message this morning informing him of his passing and expressing her condolences.
Tyrone Downie was born on May 20, 1956, in Kingston, Jamaica. His zodiac sign is Taurus and he holds Jamaican nationality. He belongs to the white race.
Tyrone Downie studied at Kingston College and joined The Wailers in the mid-1970s, making his recorded début with the band on Rastaman Vibration, having previously been a member of the Impact All-Stars.
Tyrone Downie recorded début with the band on Rastaman Vibration, having previously been a member of the Impact All-Stars. He has also played with The Abyssinians, Beenie Man, Black Uhuru, Buju Banton, Peter Tosh, Junior Reid, Tom Tom Club, Ian Dury, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly, and Sly & Robbie.
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He resided in France and was a part of the touring band Youssou N’Dour, whose album Remember he produced. In 1983, Grace Jones released the Single “My Jamaican Guy”. Unbeknown to Downie, he (though in a relationship and not emotionally attached to Jones) was the subject of the song.