Toots Hibbert Died last week on 9/11/2020
This Friday Night Music is dedicated to Toots Hibbert. I was introduced to Toots & The Maytals by my brother. He was visiting and brought True Love with him. It is still one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. It has something for everyone. The width and depth of talent playing with him really is a testament to how great he was. If you don’t have it, get it.
Hibbert was instrumental in not only bringing reggae to the world, but crafting its sound and — by his own account — coining its name on his 1968 song “Do the Reggay.”
To form this new style, Hibbert infused reggae precursors like rocksteady and ska with elements of traditional Jamaican mento, as well as gospel, soul, R&B, and rock & roll. He could start a party as easily as he could deliver spiritual musings and social-justice rallying cries, all in a voice that recalled the likes of Otis Redding and Ray Charles but was always distinctly “Toots.”