In tribute to ‘Bunny’ Alleyne

Glowing tribute has been paid to the late songwriter Archibald “Bunny” Alleyne who passed away last week at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a brief illness. He was 71.

Achibald 'Bunny' Alleyne was know as 'The Greatest Composer Ever'.
Achibald ‘Bunny’ Alleyne was know as ‘The Greatest Composer Ever’.

Remembered as one of the “greatest composers ever”, one of Alleyne’s biggest hits was The Things Of Christmas sung by the Draytons Two, which is still very much on rotation on radio stations during the Christmas season.

Spouge master Desmond Fowl Weekes of the Draytons Two told Barbados TODAY he first met the late music composer when Alleyne established the first ever mobile record shop in Barbados from the back of his car.

Laughing and reminiscing about the good times they had, Weekes described him as a man committed to building a music industry on the island.

Weekes said Alleyne was so dedicated that he would drive from house to house to sell local music and get it into the homes of Barbadians.

Out of the back of his car, he sold music not just for the Draytons Two but for Wendy Alleyne, Joseph Niles, Ricard Stoute and others.

Alleyne also worked closely with what was known as the Caribbean’s leading record producers – the West Indies Record Limited.

It is believed that much of his music was exported and reproduced overseas. Weekes said a few years ago he had contacted Alleyne about possibly documenting his work but time did not permit it.

“We lost a good writer. He was never really recognized, but he was truly a great song writer,” Weekes said.

“He was always out there trying to create and he would compose everything from classical to calypso – he loved music.

“In Barbados sometimes it is very hard when you are trying to do certain things that people can’t understand. Some people are ahead of their time and Bunny was certainly one of those people. If the Internet was around back then where Bunny could have put all his talents out there when he was really on top, I think he would have been a force to reckon with,” he added.

Alleyne, who will be laid to rest on Friday, leaves to mourn two children Michael Smith and Rochelle Miller.


2 Responses to In tribute to ‘Bunny’ Alleyne

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall July 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    R.I.P condolences to your family

  2. Hinds Peter July 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I was a good friend of the Late Bunny Alleyne.Bunny Alleyne would know me as Carlos.I am also a friend of his brother Calvin Alleyne.I knew him as a composer.I do not know for sure if he was a vocalist.Although I know of the song Barnabas which he also wrote.I also know of him going from house to house selling records.I used to call Bunny on the phone some time ago.But stopped calling him for a time.Bunny was a pioneer in the music industry.With a profitable music buisness going iin the 1970s.Which incidentally.Was the last i heard of his(Bunny’s) music.Bunny you have done your part for Barbados.At one time you had Barbados at your feet.Peter Carlos Hinds.Friend.


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