Melvin Dean, Steel Drummer

Melvin Dean, born in Harlem, NY first heard a steel pan when he was 12 years old at the St. Nicholas community Center, and by  the age of 19, he was on the Ed Sullivan Show. Considered among the top pan players today, he states it is not about who is the best, but it is about styles, and he has developed a style that works.

Over the past 25 years, he has performed mainly with two groups: Spirit Ensemble – a very talented 7 member band out of NYC, and The Melvin Dean Quartet, performing at Carnegie Hall, Regis & Kathie Lee Live, 1993-94 NFL Super Bowl Party in Atlanta, Ga., the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the American Black Festival ’97 in Monreale Sicily, and numerous other venues throughout the United States.

Mr. Dean currently performs as a solo artist using background tracks to accomplish a full sound. Over the years he has become an accomplish vocalist enhancing his overall performance.

Melvin Dean

Melvin Dean, Steel Drummer


I went, awesome! The members really liked him. – Hampton Lake

Thank you Cherie, Melvin was fantastic!!!!  He played for us until Paula Deen arrived and it was a perfect evening! – Convention Palmetto Bluff

Melvin Dean Song List

A Pirate Looks at Forty
All of Me_Legend
And I Love Her
At Last
Brown Eyed Girl
Brown Girl in a Ring
Brown Skin Girl
Blurred Lines
Buffalo Soldiers
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
Coconut Woman
Come Together
Don’t Do That
Don’t Worry Be Happy
Electric Slide
Feel Like Making Love
Fire Fire
Folsom Prison Blues
Forever Young
Fungi Mama
Georgia On My Mind
Happy Birthday
Here There and Everywhere
Hot Hot Hot

Hotel California
I Can See Clearly Now
I Just Called To Say I Love You
I Shot the Sheriff
I Who Have Nothing
Iko Iko
Is This Love
Island In the Sun
Jamaica Farewell
Jean and Dinah
Just My Imagination
Knocking on Heavens Door
Limbo Rock
Linstead Market
Moon River
Nani Wine
Never On Sunday
No Woman No Cry
Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da
Old Style Calypso
One Love
Our Day Will Come
Over The Rainbow
Pass the Dutchie
Pump Me Up
Red Red Wine
Redemption Song
Rivers of Babylon
Sloop John B
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
Spanish Eyes
Spanish Harlem
St. Thomas
Stand By Me
Stir it Up
Sugar Bum Bum
That’s the Way of the World
The Harder They Come
The Lady in Red
This Feeling Nice
Three Little Birds
Tiney Winey
Under the Broadwalk
What a wonderful World
What’s Going On
Yellow Bird
You are so Beautiful