William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke who was the former leader of the legendary "Third World Band" has died at the age of 65, and was expected to celebrate his 66th birthday this Thursday, February 6, 2014. Clarke died in a Miami hospital yesterday after being in intensive care for a while now.
Due to illness he had to opt out of a number of engagements on 2013, specifically the Third World Band 40th Anniversary Tour in Europe. Before joining Third World, he was lead singer for another iconic band, Inner Circle, alongside other talented musicians such as Michael “Ibo” Cooper on keyboards, Stephen “Cat” Coore on guitar and William (Willie) Stewart on drums.
Clarke was born in Mandeville and replaced ‘Prilly’ Hamiltion as lead singer for the band in 1976. His first album with the band was ‘96 degrees in the Shade’ but is best known for the hits ‘Now that we found Love’ an O’Jays original, and ‘Try Jah Love’.