Toots Hibbert: Jamaican reggae legend dies aged 77


The singer, who was born December 8, 1942, in May Pen, Jamaica, gave reggae music its name with the release of a 1968 single titled "Do the Reggay".

Since his death, many in the reggae community have shared their condolences, including Ziggy Marley who had some kind words for the legend.

Hibbert also captured everyday life in Jamaica in the years following its independence from Britain in 1962. He is a pioneer of the genre who has helped create some incredible hits such as "Funky Kingston", "Monkey Man" and "Pressure Drop".

In a separate statement posted on September 3, the family wrote: 'Mr Hibbert's family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and prayers during this time. "Sweet and Dandy" and "Pressure Drop" were both featured in The Harder They Come, the classic 1972 film starring Jimmy Cliff that popularized reggae throughout the world.

Toots had been touring with the rest of the Maytals band consistently for years and they once won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

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Tributes for Hibbert poured in on Saturday.

The group split up in the early 1980s, before reforming in the early 1990s.

Hibbert previously underwent three years of extensive physical rehabilitation after an incident in May 2013 in Richmond, VA, when a glass liquor bottle was thrown from the audience and struck him in the forehead during a performance, severely injuring the singer. Their most recent album Got To Be Tough was released on August 28. The magazine lists him as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2012, he received the Order of Distinction by the government of Jamaica for outstanding contribution to the country's music.

Toots Hibbert performing on stage. A prison experience, for possession of marijuana, gave Hibbert another hit song, "54-46 Was My Number", about his incarceration.

"If a girl didn't look so nice or she wasn't dressed properly, we used to say she was streggay". What happened next I will never forget for as long as I live. "I was playing one day and I don't know why but I started singing: "Do the reggay, do the reggay" - it just stuck", he told the Daily Star in 2012. "That'd be something - everyone dancing to streggay music". When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.