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Bunny Wailer to enter Camperdown's Hall of Fame

Published:Friday | October 28, 2011 | 12:00 AM
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Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

As a schoolboy, he opted out of sitting his Senior Cambridge exam to commence the long and distinctive journey that has been his music career. After more than four decades in the business, Neville 'Bunny Wailer' Livingstone has achieved many accolades, including winning Grammy awards and earning Jamaica's fifth-highest honour - the Order of Distinction (Commander Class).

Tomorrow night, Bunny Wailer will add more silverware to his collection. On this occasion, it will be from his alma mater, as he will be inducted into the Camperdown High School Hall of Fame.

Notable alumni

Tonight, the Camperdown alumni will stage a retro fête at Curphey Place, St Andrew, as part of their weekend celebration. The east Kingston-based school has produced many notable alumni in the fields of sports, law, economics, business, medicine and entertainment.

Affectionately called 'Jah B', Bunny Wailer is the only surviving member of the original Wailing Wailers, which also included Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. He will be presented with the special award by one of his schoolmates, Cynthia Cooke, at the alumni's Past Students' Association dinner at the Terra Nova Hotel, St Andrew.

"I don't regret going to Camperdown. It was the co-educational school that I had chosen to go," said Bunny Wailer, who also attended the All Saints and Chetolah Park Primary schools in western Kingston previously.

Speaking with The Gleaner on Tuesday, Wailer stressed that his life during high school was impacted positively by then principal, the late Noel White. "At Camperdown, I was actively involved in cricket, swimming and football. My favourite subjects were history and religious knowledge. I remember giving a lot of jokes to my friends," the internationally acclaimed artiste said.

According to Bunny Wailer, the most intriguing time at high school had to do with those moments attending the annual Boys' Athletics Championship.

Bunny Wailer was born Neville O'Riley Livingstone, on April 10, 1947.

Cooke, who later became a principal of the school, remembered 'Bunny' as a humorous person who would sing at school fairs.