Ranking Trevor dies in accident

BY Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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VETERAN deejay Ranking Trevor died from injuries sustained in a motor accident yesterday.

The deejay, whose real name is Maxwell Grant, was hit from his motorcycle near Cling Cling Oval, a sports complex at the corner of Cling Cling Avenue and Olympic Way, in St Andrew. He was 53 years old.

According to his brother, Robert Grant, the artiste was struck by two vehicles. He was hit off his bike by the first while another car ran over his head, killing him on the spot.

Grant described Trevor as a "good brother and always jovial." He said on Sunday, he was in a happy mood and did what may have been his last good deed.

"He is not a man who would normally cook for people, but on Sunday, he called two youngsters in the yard and cooked for them as their mother was away," Grant said.

Ranking Trevor, who was one of the most popular deejays of the 1970s, was scheduled to perform at the popular St Mary Mi Come From show on Sunday.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer's Splash publication in February, Ranking Trevor spoke about the lack of financial returns from his recordings, even though he had some major hits at the famous Channel One studio.

"People out there now collecting my money by selling my songs in (all) kind of ways," the deejay said.

Along with Trinity and Dillinger, he was among the top toasters of the 1970s. Among Ranking Trevor's hit songs were Queen Majesty, Truly, Answer Mi Question and Rub a Dub Style.

The man who would become Ranking Trevor grew up in the Waterhouse community of St Andrew. He attended St Patrick's Primary and Tarrant Secondary where he developed his love of music, and got his start in the music business as a deejay on the Gold Soul sound system.

Strongly influenced by pioneer toaster, U Roy, he later moved to the rival King Attorney 'sound' where his career really took off.

Maxwell 'Ranking Trevor' Grant is survived by his mother, four brothers, four sisters and over 15 children.

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