Simmey Ranks

This UK-based DJ first gained notoriety when he won the South West England DJ talent competition in 1982. Two years later he entered a talent contest where the fact that he was runner up proved fortuitous.…
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This UK-based DJ first gained notoriety when he won the South West England DJ talent competition in 1982. Two years later he entered a talent contest where the fact that he was runner up proved fortuitous. Luckily for the DJ, Dennis Rowe, of the renowned Saxon Studio sound system, watched a video recording of the event and could not believe the result. Consequently Rowe invited the DJ to join the Saxon posse where he performed alongside artists such as, Phillip Papa Levi, Daddy Colonel, Tippa Irie, Daddy Rusty, the late Miss Irie, Peter King, and Maxi Priest. In 1987, Ranks released his debut, ‘Jolly Bus’, which established his recording career. The following year he was approached by the GT Posse to record a track that was later included on the release of Great British DJs Roll Call 89, which featured the Saxon crew alongside Daddy Freddie and Crucial Robbie. In 1989, he released his third recording, ‘When Me Come’ through the Moonshine collective, which in spite of the support from pirate radio stations did not chart. He decided to concentrate on stage shows and set up his own band with whom he toured Gambia in December 1990. While in Africa he supported Youssou N’Dour at the Baku stadium, playing to a crowd in excess of 20, 000. On his return Ranks continued performing live in the UK and also spent the following two years launching his career on the continent. Having established notoriety he was still unwilling to record and embarked on a European tour in 1993. A notable presentation was at the Fight Against Racism concert in Amsterdam, Netherlands where he performed alongside R&B artists such as Kool And The Gang and Gabrielle. In 1994, he supported Prince Lincoln And The Royal Rasses when the group toured Spain, which led to his biggest break. The renowned producer Mykey Simpson invited Ranks to record at his MCS Studio complex, which led to a series of reggae hits. The run of hits included, ‘Great Works’, ‘It's Your Life’, ‘Daily Mirror’, ‘Bible Mi Use’, ‘Dance Anyway Yu Want To’, ‘My Girl’ and ‘Original Rastaman’. Ranks is celebrated among roots and culture supporters for his unique style.