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Toots Hibbert

Toots Hibbert
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Powered by Audioscrobbler™Toots Hibbert (born Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert in May Pen, Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, on 10 December 1945; died 11 September 2020) was a Grammy Award winning Jamaican singer and songwriter, remembered as the leader for the reggae and ska band Toots and the Maytals. His 1968 song "Do the Reggay" is widely credited as the genesis of the name for Reggae music.

As the youngest of seven children, Hibbert grew up singing gospel music in a church choir, but went to Kingston when he was a teenager in the early 1960s. In Kingston he met Raleigh Gordon and Jerry Matthias, and they formed The Maytals. The Maytals became one of the most popular vocal groups in Jamaica in the 1960s, recording with producers Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Byron Lee and Leslie Kong. This success included winning Jamaica's National Popular Song Contest three times with songs Hibbert wrote: in 1966 with "Bam Bam", 1969 with "Sweet and Dandy", and 1972 with "Pomps & Pride".

Hibbert was one of the first artists to use the word reggae, in 1968's "Do The Reggay", an early reggae song. He also appeared in the groundbreaking Jamaican film The Harder They Come. Toots still tours the world today, and his band won the Grammy for best reggae album in 2004. In 2006, Toots and the Maytals covered Radiohead's "Let Down" for the Easy Star All-Stars album Radiodread, a reggae version of the English rock band's OK Computer.

Much of Hibbert's recorded output reflected his mainstream evangelical Christian upbringing. He was known to also write about Rastafarian themes as well. He could play every instrument in his band.

After a three-year hiatus following Hibbert receiving a head injury after being hit by a thrown bottle during a performance at the 2013 River Rock Festival, Toots and the Maytals returned to the stage in 2016 and began touring again.

On 25 July 2018, Hibbert performed on the US television show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Toots and the Maytals where they debuted an original song entitled "Marley" as well as performing their classic hit song "Funky Kingston" in a live performance.
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