'Scully' remembered for humility, knowledge
Noel 'Scully' Simms of the pioneering singing duo Bunny and Scully died at his home on Maxfield Avenue, St Andrew, on Saturday. With Feel So Good, Don't Do It and Let The Good Times Roll, the duo endeared themselves to music lovers.
Remembering Scully, Clyde McKenzie said what will stay in his memory forever is the "awesome presence" Scully had when he was around people and his humility. It was this same presence that had Stephen 'Cat' Coore of Third World nicknaming Simms Joel Garner.
"What happened was that we were all at Grove Studio in a Third World recording session. Scully was there doing the percussion when Cat Coore said, "You know, Scully, you come een like Joel Garner (a popular retired West Indies fast bowler). You have such force and carry such an awesome presence,'" related McKenzie, who said from that day onwards, he always referred to Scully as Joel Garner.
McKenzie said even after Scully went blind, whenever he visited, Scully could always tell he was there the minute McKenzie opened his mouth to greet him. "But what I will remember most about Scully is his humility and his love of music. He just loved to give you the history of it," said McKenzie.
Scully's performing partner, Arthur 'Bunny' Robinson, said he had not seen Scully in a while, as he, too, has been battling ill health. "For months, both of us were sick ... Me, myself, not so well," Bunny told The Gleaner.
Musicologist Vaughn 'Bunny' Goodison met Scully at the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour, where the duo imitated American blues singer Shirley & Lee. " I can remember one particular instance where Scully had the crowd excited when he drew for Shirley's high note in White Christmas," said Goodison, adding that the high note always did it for him.
He noted the late singer's humility and knowledge of music.