Neville O'Riley Livingston, OM (born 10 April 1947), best known as Bunny Wailer, is a Jamaican singer songwriter and percussionist and was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. A three-time Grammy award winner, he is considered one of the longtime standard-bearers of reggae music.

Bunny Wailer toured with the Wailers in England and the United States, but soon became reluctant to leave Jamaica. He and Tosh became more marginalised in the group as the Wailers became an international success, and attention was increasingly focused on Marley. Bunny subsequently left the Wailers in 1973 to pursue a solo career. He has written much of his own material as well as re-recording a number of cuts from the Wailers catalogue.

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Links to Peel

Bunny Wailer took part in the landmark first Peel session of Bob Marley & The Wailers in June 1973, although he had left the group by the second Marley session for the progamme, broadcast at Christmas the same year, soon followed by fellow founding Wailer Peter Tosh.

Peel kept tabs on the subsequent solo careers of both departed members of the original trio, with Wailer tending to gain more airtime than Tosh. At the end of 1976, the DJ named the debut Buddy Wailer LP, ‘Blackheart Man’, among his top ten albums of the year in a list that appeared in Sounds.[1] Both Tosh and Marley featured on the LP as backing vocalists.[2]

The DJ continued to play Wailer’s new releases regularly into the following decade, including albums harking back to his time with Marley, such as ‘Sings The Wailers’ (1981) and ‘Tribute’ (1982).

In 2012, ten Bunny Wailer LPs were among the first 100 albums by artists beginning with W, alongside eleven credited simply to the Wailers[1] and several Bob Marley & The Wailers releases also featuring Wailer, when details of Peel’s record collection were initially released via TheSpace website. (See Record Collection: W.)

Festive Fifty Entries

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Other Shows Played

Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man

Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man

  • 07 August 1990: Dancing Shoes (7"-Bunny Wailer Sings The Wailers: Dancing Shoes) Island

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  1. These include LPs by the US garage rock band of the same name, aka the Fabulous Wailers.
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