Ranking Trevor is Dead

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Ranking Trevor whose real name is Maxwell Grant, Rap Reggae pioneer is dead. He died in the Olympic Gardens area of Kingston yesterday. Reports are that he was returning home from a dance when he collided with a car and was thrown from his motorcycle and another vehicle ran over. The 60 year old pioneer died just nine days after Brooklyn based Jamaican singjay Sluggy Ranks lost his life in a car crash in Kingston.

Ranking was best known for his late 1970s recordings at Kingston's Channel One label, which introduced the disco mix to the Jamaican market. This was an essential component of reggae in that era. Ranking Trevor contributed a spiritedly toasted verse to the debut Jamaican 12'' single "Truly", a romantic pledge sweetly harmonized by The Jays.

He released several solid albums throughout his career, however much of his work can be found on 12" single format, these include Trod On and War/Jah give us life with harmony group The Wailing Souls, the latter serving as the inaugural release for Greensleeves 12" vinyl reissue series.

Among those mourning his death is colleague and friend Wade Trinity Bammer. He remembers Ranking Trevor as a cool youth and his death signifies another musical soldier gone from the battle field.