Biography

BORN IN THE MEAN STREETS OF KINGSTON, JAMAICA WEST INDIES JULY 24TH,1949.SUNSHINE KID RICARDO AKA RICKY GRANT GREW UP AMONG TOP ICONS SUCH AS BOB (SKA-B)NESTER MARLEY,KEITH (SLIM) SMITH (ELDER ROY SHIRLEY AKA-BROOKSIE) GREGGORY (TOOTH) ISSACS DENNIS BROWN JUST TO MENTION A FEW. IN EARLY 60'S HIS FIRST DEBUT- VERE JOHNS OPPORTUNITY HOUR THEN TO HIS FIRST SINGING GROUP THE AFROTONES WHICH INCLUDED DELROY WILLIAMS AND GEORGE ADDISON(ALLISON) THE TEN TO ONE CREW.

 

DURING THIS TIME HE ATTENDED ST. ANDREW TECHNICAL HIGH ( A TRADE COLLEGE) UPON LEAVING HE WAS EMPLOYED AS AN ELEVATOR TECHNICIAN / OTIS ELEVATOR EALY 70'S RICKY WAS REQUESTED TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE DYNAMIC SINGING GROUP THE GAYLADS-THEY RECORDED A NUMBER OF HIT SONGS AMONG THEM "MY JAMAICAN GIRL" THEY THEN FORMED A BAND THE CONSCIOUS MINDS WHICH INCLUDED KEN BOOTHE- JOE WHITE-MELODIANS ( TONEY POKEY AND TREVOR) THE SOULJE HORN SECTION CREW AND DRUMMER WITH THE GAYLADS. UNCONTROLLED CIRCUMSTANCES DESOLVED THIS PROJECT. IN ADDITION WITH MAURICE (JOE B) ROBERTS (GAYLADS) AND RANDALL (RUBBA) THAXTER THE GROUP PSALMS WAS ESTABLISHED-THEY DID A NUMBER OF RECORDINGS AND PERFORMANCES THROUGH OUT JAMAICA. RICKY EVENTUALLY WENT SOLO AFTER BEING INTRODUCED TO AUGUSTUS MAESTRO PABLO (HORACE SWABY ) AKA THE DUBMASTER/ROCKERS INTERNATIONAL BY AN IDREN CARLTON(TETRACK) HINES. RECORDED A NUMBER OF ALBUMS WHICH INCLUDED "POVERTY PEOPLE" AND "I LOVE JAHRASTAFARI" COULD GO ON AND ON.

 

STILL RECORDING GOOD MUSIC,RICKY HAS COLLABORATED WITH SUCH GREATS AS HORACE ANDY/ROMAN STEWART THE LATE GREAT DON TYRONE EVANS FROM PARAGONS/THE LATE GREAT KEITH HUDSON AMONG OTHER VETERANS. STILL SATISFIED WITH HOW THINGS ARE GOING The FANS STILL SUPPORT HIM INTERNATIONALLY. LOW INTEREST IN THE REAL COMMERCIAL MARKET. STILL DOES SCATTERED PERFORMANCES ALL OVER. SIMPLY JUST KEEPING IT REAL AND BEING HUMBLE. BLESS! ..

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