Veteran Reggae artiste Ranking Trevor is dead (August 7, 2012)

by DRW
(Jamaica & U.S.A)

Ranking Trevor

Ranking Trevor

Ranking Trevor died on August 7, 2012. Reports are that the was hit off his motorcycle.


His Life Story

Ranking Trevor has been largely ignored by the archivists, a peculiar oversight, as the DJ was a major force in the sound systems on both sides of the Atlantic during the roots age.

Most of his recordings remain infuriatingly out of print, and his singles and albums, now with hefty price tags attached, are much sought after by collectors. Born Trevor Grant in Jamaica on January 20, 1960, the toaster to be fell under U-Roy's spell in childhood. He never completely shook the Originator's influence, but no matter, for Ranking Trevor had an equally sharp sense of timing and relaxed delivery that never went out of fashion in this period.

Eager for success, Grant was barely into his teens when he began professionally DJing, honing his skills at the Socialist Roots Sound System. He was all of 15 when Jo Jo Hookim took him into the studio for the first time, where he cut 1975's "Natty a Roots Man." Over the next few years Trevor recorded a steady stream of singles for Hookim, all backed by the Revolutionaries, with his popularity increasing proportionally.

By 1977, the teen star was shaking up the British reggae chart as well, with "Cave Man Skank," "Three Piece Chicken & Chips" (a humorous riposte to Trinity's "Three Piece Suit"), and "Anti-Lulu" all hitting the Top Ten. "Pure & Clean" and "Rub a Dub Style" followed them up the chart in 1978. By then, the DJ had signed a deal with Virgin's Frontline imprint, the resulting In Fine Style album, which arrived that same year, proving wildly popular.

Beyond hits like "Rub a Dub Style" and "Masculine Gender," it also included splendid versions of "Satta Massa Ganna" and "Queen Majesty." Meanwhile, back in
Jamaica, Hookim also unleashed the Three Piece Chicken & Chips split set, which set Trevor head to head with Trinity himself. The former won that round, as Hookim stuffed it with Trevor's latest hits -- the title track, "Lulu," "Love Yu Sister," and, best of all, "Answer Me Question," a retort to Lone Ranger's "Question."

In 1979, Trevor linked up with singing producer Linval Thompson, resulting in the following year's Repatriation Time, a set again recorded at Channel One and backed by the Revolutionaries. The following year, Prince Jammy remixed a clutch of Thompson, Wayne Jarrett, and Trevor recordings for the simmering Train to Zion Dub set. For Repatriation, Trevor took on a new moniker, Ranking Superstar, which explains why producer Sugar Minott titled the DJ's excellent next set Presenting Ranking Trevor.

Both Minott and Thompson were featured alongside the DJ on the Roots of All Roots set released by Micron later in the decade.

Although Ranking Trevor's albums were fine showcases, some of his best work is found on 12" singles, with his versions paired with the vocal cuts. One of the first was "Trod On," a combo with Culture; he was paired to equal effect with Pat Kelly, the Mighty Three, Wayne Wade, Barrington Levy, Al Campbell, and -- most memorably -- the Wailing Souls.

Greensleeves inaugurated their 12" vinyl reissue series with Trevor and the Souls' 1978 "War"/"Jah Give Us Life" single. However, one of the toaster's biggest sellers was "Jamaican Rockers Hop," a combo with fellow DJ Nicodemus. Trevor's successful appearance at the Brixton Ace in 1983 prompted his relocation to London, and his career suffered accordingly.

Little emerged in the aftermath, although in recent years the DJ again began making live appearances. He has also been working to regain rights to his back catalog, with a view toward reissuing it all on vinyl.

Comments for Veteran Reggae artiste Ranking Trevor is dead (August 7, 2012)

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Sep 02, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
nicest dj
by: glendon

one off the i ever meet, saw him at soundwave were we would talk about his career
rip my brother

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to dead reggae and dancehall artists.

Dancehall artiste Shenseea

Shenseea Claims "Princess Of Dancehall" Critics Hits Back

Dancehall artiste Shenseea yesterday claimed her spot among the female dancehall royalty when she dubbed herself dancehall's 'princess' in a post to her Instagram page.
The post took on a life of its own, sparking debate about which female dancehall artiste was deserving of the title princess, since Spice is the queen.Read full article here

Rygin King said Alkaline Not On his Level

Dancehall artiste Rygin King might be losing a few fans after comments he made about Alkaline, not on his level.  During a live broadcast on his Instagram Montego Bay Based artiste, Rygin King was asked if Alkaline is bigger Read more here

Jay Blaxx

Upcoming dancehall artiste Jay Blaxx was shot and killed in the community of Granville, St James on August 28, 2018.

Reports reaching us are that Jay Blaxx who is from the said community was killed by Read more here

Help us to keep Dancehall & Reggae Music Genres alive. We are asking for a small contribution to Keep our site online. CLICK HERE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION.

To have your Music, Video, Album, Press Releases or posted or promoted on our site [Click here to contact us for more info]

Who Is The Most Underrated Reggae Entertainer You know?

Over the years there are a lot of good Dancehall and Reggae music entertainers who has been pushed unto the back burner for some reason not of their own.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO....

Articles On Dancehall Reggae World You Might Have Missed ......

PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY

Producers, Artists, Publicist and Managers Get your  Product Out to Over 20,000 Music industry players.  Our players Include Radio Stations, Sound Systems and Deejays.  Click here to Contact Us For More detail.

Win a digital copy of "Welcome To Jamrock Digital CD" by answering the following question.

As a producer What's the name of the first album produced by Damian Jr Gong Marley on his Ghetto Youths International label?

CLICK HERE TO POST YOUR ANSWER


Rygin King ready to take dancehall throne - He has been racking up hit after hit in recent times. His songs, 'Things Go Change' and 'How Me Grow', have been creating a buzz on the local scene, igniting the dancehall space and has helped to cement the up-and-coming artiste's place on 'the ones to watch out for' list.

His name is Rygin King, and while he may be fairly new to the industry, the artiste believes he is dancehall's next 'rising king'.

Dancehall lovers have only just begun to put a name to the songs that have been burning up the streets over the past few months, but little is known about the young man behind the music; until now. Read more here

Send Your Music, Video and Press Releases to info@dancehallreggaeworld.com