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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 09:43 AM

Toots Hibbert, a Father of Reggae, Is Dead

Source: New York Times

Ben Sisario
By Ben Sisario
Sept. 12, 2020
Updated 9:07 a.m. ET

Toots Hibbert, one of the fathers of reggae music, whose vocals imbued the genre’s sound with an exhortatory power drawn from American soul, died on Friday night in Kingston, Jamaica. He was believed to be 77.

His death, in a hospital, was announced on the social media accounts of his band, Toots and the Maytals. No cause was specified, but he was recently reported to have been hospitalized with Covid-like symptoms.

Mr. Hibbert holds a firm spot in Jamaica’s musical pantheon as the first artist to use the word reggae on a record, on the rollicking 1968 single “Do the Reggay” by his group, which was originally billed simply as the Maytals. By some accounts, it was an accidental coinage — Mr. Hibbert has said he was thinking of “streggae,” local slang for a “raggedy” woman — but it stuck, branding the new sound that would become Jamaica’s greatest cultural export.

Although Mr. Hibbert never attained the same level of global fame as Bob Marley, he was immensely popular in Jamaica and was adored by critics and fellow musicians for a body of work that helped establish some of reggae’s fundamentals.

On classics like “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Sweet and Dandy,” Mr. Hibbert sang in a raw but sweet tone that had echoes of Ray Charles, and he was often compared to other giants of soul music.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/12/arts/music/toots-hibbert-dead.html

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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 09:54 AM

1. I can imagine his friends and family have wonderful memories of

him to share.

You've done well Toots. Rest in Peace.

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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 10:46 AM

2. RIP

A true loss.

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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 11:50 AM

3. 2020, I hate you so, so much. nt

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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 01:20 PM

4. I love me some toots and the Maytals. Marley was the prophet, and Toots was the easy-going

rhythm master.

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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 02:36 PM

5. Man this one really sucks. I've seen Toots live a number of times.

Hell my brother and I even met him after a show one time. So yeah this one really hits close to home. RIP.

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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 06:06 PM

6. Terrible loss.

He was a great singer and performer and he had a great sense of humor too. Here's his Jamaicafied version of "Country Roads"

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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 06:47 PM

7. "Worried Man" Willie Nelson and Toots Hibbert



Rest In Peace and Love, Toots Hibbert



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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 11:38 PM

8. I listen to him every day in my market and by default so do all my customers...RIP

What a bam bam.

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Sun Sep 13, 2020, 12:31 AM

9. RIP

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