His Facebook Page says it all -“Born in Kingston, Jamaica…I’ve been singing from in the 70’s, shared stage with Brigadier Jerry, Michigan and Smiley, Phillip Fraser, Sammy Dread etc. Working on a new album coming soon…still doing shows all over and currently living in Canada. My goal is to take the music to a higher level, by still doing roots and culture for the world. I love all music”.
The world of Reggae music has lost another great one as we now say goodbye to one of Canada’s most experienced and iconic Reggae veterans – the honorable Lanford Peter Legore aka Peter Rankin, who passed away Monday, March 09, 2015 at Scarborough General Hospital (Canada).
Peter Rankin is from Greenwich Farms, Jamaica and was taught to sing by Phillip Fraser. As he grew in the business, Mr. Rankin idolized singers such as Rankin Trevor and Lone Ranger, whom he was very close to and used to live with (many say Peter could sing, chant and DJ like Lone Ranger, who reigned dominant during the Studio One era). Peter DJ’d on many Sound Systems including Echo Vibrations, Alphasonic and most recently Supreme Genes who he was scheduled to go on tour with come month’s end, and who along with Peter, have an album coming out with Killah Priest (Wu Tang) this summer.
Peter Rankin has always been a vibrant force, a man who was dedicated, excited by his craft, who loved to entertain and who, every time I saw him, would insist that I come out and see his next performance. That’s the man Peter Rankin was, a lover of all music really – not just Reggae, but anything, even Hip Hop and Pop. Very few people know this, but, Peter Rankin was actually the first artiste to sing “Arleen” (“under 17 and yuh ova 16”), later made famous by General Echo.
Peter Rankin will be sadly missed! He will be remembered, not just for his musical contributions, but, also for his positive and high energy personality – one that would lift people up and make people laugh. Peter never let his illness get the best of him – he remained positive and productive, planning an upcoming tour, joking with friends and singing for mates during his hospitalization.
We will miss you Lanford Peter Legore, and as we struggle to understand why God called you at this young age, rest assured, that while you have left us for a better place, to do His work and to sing His songs, we here on this earth will keep you alive through your music and the wonderful memories that you have left us. R.I.P. Mr. Peter Rankin!
Landord ‘Peter Rankin’ Legore
October 10, 1961 – March 09, 2015
Visitation: Friday, March 20, 2015 5 PM – 9 PM
Location: Chapel Ridge Funeral Home
Address: 8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham, Ontario
Service: Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM
Location: Global Kingdom Ministries
Address: 1250 Markham Rd., Scarborough, Ontario