Reggae Music Pioneer Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) Dies of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Complications

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Toots Hibbert is known as a legend in the world of reggae. The world was really shaken up by his death this week. Hibbert was diagnosed with Coronavirus a few days ago and the complications were just too much for his body. He was pronounced dead on Friday, September 11.

Death of a Legend: Toots History in Reggae Music

Toots and the Maytals has been a strong force in the world of reggae music. He has been one of the most well known and renowned musician in this industry for decades. He was incredibly popular in Jamaica and many of his fans said he was much better than Bob Marley, although he never got the fame that Marley did.

Death of a Legend: Toots Hibbert

Some of his classic songs include, “Pressure Drop”, “Monkey Man”, and “Sweet and Dandy.” He performed many songs with other famous musicians, including Ray Charles. Even Rolling Stones member, Keith Richards said of him, “As a singer, he’s amazing. His voice reminds me very much of the timbre of Otis Redding. When you hear him do ‘Pain in My Heart,’ it’s an uncanny resemblance.”

Hibbert wanted to put the message of love and hope in the reggae music that he made. He wanted to show fans that people do have struggles and if he could paint them out in his music, he would do it. This made him one of the best songwriters in reggae music.

In 1968, he wrote a song about being the victim of a police shakedown called ’54-46, That’s My Number.’ He ended up spending a year in jail for a crime that he had been framed for.

He spoke to Rolling Stone a few years ago and said, “A hundred years from now, my songs will be played, because it is logical words that people can relate to.” He was even put on the list of 100 best singers as number 71.

Hibbert was born in 1942 on December 8 in May Pen, Jamaica. He grew up in a very rural town and his parents were Seventh-Day Adventist preachers. They owned a few businesses as well. He had an amazing career while he was alive and the world of music and reggae is still incredibly sad by his loss.

We send love to all of his close friends and family members and if you want a taste of how incredibly talented he was, check out his music online and you will hear just how amazing his career was.

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