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Melvin Douglas Dryer

Tampa, Florida

Jul 4, 1946 – Mar 30, 2018


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Gonzalez Funeral Home Obituary

Melvin Douglas DryerJULY 4, 1946 – MARCH 30, 2018 DRYER, Melvin Douglas passed away on March 30, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. He was 71. Mel was a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He was a beautiful man with a tremendous heart. He has been known to be a man of great integrity,...

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So very sad to hear of Mel's passing....praying for Janis and the family

We started hanging out in the early 60's. I went to Madison Jr. High and Mel went to Monroe Jr. High. We met at the tent skating rink on Manhattan Ave.and became best of friends. We use to hitch hike everywhere because we didn't have a car and we went to all the hang outs in Tampa. We met a couple of service guys from MacDill Air Base and started a do woo band and played for over two years. We both went to Robinson High School and that's where I took Mel over to meet Janis and they started...

I first met Mel when he and the band auditioned for Margie and Dick. I later became the President of the Tropic's fan club at Surfers. Mel, being the singer, was an integral part of the best band in the Tamp Bay area in the 60's. He had such a great voice and such a great presence on the stage. I will forever love his rendition of James Brown. I always thought he did James Brown better than James Brown. Mel was such a great guy and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. RIP my old dear friend....

I first met Mel in my sophomore year at Robinson High School. Mel was in 11th grade. Even then, there was the loving couple, "Mel and Jan", inseperable!
Our first gig together was in our schools musical, Oklahoma. Mel was the star of the show and played the lead role of Curly because of his powerful voice. Mel also sang lead for The Tropics, a seven-piece horn band at the time, and he introduced me to Buddy Pendergrass, the founder of the band. The Tropics needed a bass player...