Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert Dies At 77

VP Records joins family, friends and fans as we collectively mourn the passing of Reggae icon Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert. Toots first became widely known in 1966 for his recording of the song “Bam Bam” which won the Jamaican Independence Festival Popular Song Competition. That success was followed by “Do The Reggae” (the first song to ever include the word Reggae and name the genre), “Pressure Drop,” “Sweet and Dandy” and “54-46 That’s My Number.”

In the 1980’s, Ska and Rocksteady became very popular, and at the center of that sound was Toots and the Maytals. Toots voice, and The Maytals sound, which Chris Blackwell is quoted as saying “were unlike anything else … sensational, raw, dynamic” was paired with the legendary rock band The Who for a North American tour in 1975 to 1976. // Continue to the full article

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