Daley pledges to keep Bunny Rugs' legacy alive
- Published on Monday, 03 February 2014 16:06
- Written by Toni Frederick
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St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The reggae fraternity lost an icon Sunday with the passing of the William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke of the Third World Band. A former lead singer with Inner Circle, Bunny joined Third World in 1976, his distinctive vocals becoming part of Third World’s signature sound.
“It’s the little things that he would do every day. He had great timing when telling a story and he was a very funny man. He would say the silliest things. But when it came to the music and the message he was very serious,” Third World bassist Richie Daley said Monday.
Daley, who was with Bunny’s family in Orlando when he spoke to WINN FM Monday, said Bunny’s legacy would be his sincerity.
“His sincerity to what he did, the music he sang and what he truly believed,” Daley said, his voice cracking.
Asked if he and Third World founder Steven “Cat” Coore would continue with the legacy, Daley gave an emphatic ‘Yes!’
“Definitely; he would have wanted it that way.”
Victor Lewis of the New York based Vic Rae Inc, is a friend who has worked and traveled with Third World. Speaking with WINN FM Monday, he described Bunny Rugs as the consummate professional.
“Bunny was always one of those guys, you gave him a time and schedule and he’d be there. You never have to call him twice, you never had to call his room looking for him…like the bus is supposed to leave at 7:00 o’clock…at 6:30 he’s going to be down there everything packed and ready and bright eyed and bushy-tailed, like he just slept all night, when we just got off the stage at 4:00 o’clock” Lewis said with a smile in his voice.
“One of the other things was [he was] like old Hollywood, always dressed sharp when he was on the stage; in fact he always took pride in making sure he looked good when he hit that stage. He took it very seriously.”
Bunny Rugs to missed some of the shows in Third World's fortieth anniversary tour in 2013 due to health problems, and he reportedly confirmed that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
He leaves to mourn his wife and six children.
Clarke has said that his 'Bunny Rugs' nickname came from his grandmother who called him 'Bunny' as a child because he would "jump around the house like a rabbit," and from a member of the Third World road crew calling him 'Rugs' because he liked to sleep on the floor.
He would have been 66 years old on Thursday, February 6th a birth date he shared with another reggae ambassador, the late Bob Marley.
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