Toots Hibbert Wiki – Toots Hibbert Bio
Toots Hibbert was a veteran Jamaican ska, influential and reggae singer, and founder of the band the Maytals. It is being reported that the reggae sensation has died on September 11th, 2020. The cause of death is as yet unclear though he had been recently tested for Covid-19.
We are so sad to hear of the passing of Toots. A true pioneer who changed lives and brought so much joy through his music. We have lost a true legend. Your music will live on forever Fredrick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert.
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— Trojan Records (@trojanrecords) September 12, 2020
Toots Hibbert has died at the age of 77.
Toots Hibbert Wife, Children
Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years, Miss D, and his seven of eight children.
Hibbert was the last born in a family of seven children. His parents were both Seventh-Day Adventist ministers and he grew up singing in church.
He moved to the country’s capital of Kingston as a teenager and formed the first version of the Maytals in the early 1960s.
From 1960 to 1970 the group recorded with a series of producers that reads like a reggae hall of fame: Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Byron Lee, Leslie Kong — and reeled off Hibbert compositions like “Bam Bam,” “Sweet and Dandy” and “54-46 That’s My Number,” which was inspired by a mid-‘60s prison term he served for marijuana possession.
Hibbert was one of the early proponents of reggae in the late 1960s and scored a hit with the song “Do the Reggay.” In fact, he is credited with giving reggae its name when he christened the 1968 song.
He was a contemporary and friend of Bob Marley’s, and for several years both were signed to Island Records. Hibbert spoke to the Jamaica Observer in 2018 of sharing bills with Marley’s band, the Wailers, in their early days. “Sometimes the Maytals would close, sometimes The Wailers would close the show. We had no problems, no professional jealousy, we were all very good friends,” he said.
“Out of all of us though, me an’ Bob were very good friends. It was out of one of those conversations that I did the song ‘Marley.’ He was telling me that he was going to be a dreadlocks Rasta an’ I laughed an’ said, ‘I want to be a comb-locks’ Rasta like Selassie I’ an’ he laughed, just like the words in the actual song,” he said
The two both had hits with different songs called “Redemption Song,” featured on his first album for Island, “Funky Kingston.”
“When I did ‘Redemption Song’ in 1972, it went number one [in Jamaica],” Hibbert recalled. “Marley said he would do a ‘Redemption Song’ as well. He used a similar rhythm but different lyrics.” Marley’s version of the song appeared on the final album released during his lifetime, “Uprising.”
Also in 1972, Hibbert appeared in the groundbreaking film “The Harder They Come,” which starred Jimmy Cliff. His 1969 “Pressure Drop” was featured on the film’s soundtrack and was covered by the Clash in 1978, introducing Hibbert to thousands of new listeners.
illness and Death
Hibbert passed away on September 11th, 2020 at the age of 77. The cause of death is as yet unclear though he had been recently tested for Covid-19. It was revealed on September 2nd that Hibbert was in stable but serious condition in a private medical facility in Jamaica. He was tested for Covid-19 although the results have not been announced.
A statement from his family released on Sept. 11 reads: “It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
The family and his management team would like to thank the medical teams and professionals for their care and diligence, and ask that you respect their privacy during their time of grief.”