R.I.P. to the late Third World Band Singer Bunny Rugs
to commemorate Black History Month, which coincides with Jamaica’s Reggae Month, I present to you a post paying homage to the late William Bunny Rugs Clarke, while also noting Dennis Brown’s Birthday February 1st. Both artists made extensive contributions to Jamaican culture and Reggae music. Dennis’ career serves as a memory of the golden age of roots reggae music. William Bunny Rugs Clarke impacted the world as a Reggae Ambassador, sharing Jamaica’s stable with an International fan base. May the two Reggae icons Rest In Peace. Let’s continue to highlight the accomplishments of great black artists and activists.
William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke (February 6, 1948 – February 2, 2014). Rugs, who worked with producer Lee “Scratch” Perry and sang for Inner Circle before joining Third World in 1976, brought a soulful flavor to reggae with his distinct voice, infectious smile, and welcoming personality. Joining Third World on “96 Degrees in the Shade,” the highly-acclaimed LP that launched the group to international fame, the “Reggae Ambassador” remained their frontman until his passing, voicing classics like “Now That We Found Love” and “Lagos Jump.”