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Hall of Fame bid

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An on­line pe­ti­tion to drum up sup­port for reg­gae pi­o­neer Toots Hib­bert to be in­ducted in the rock and roll Hall of Fame was launched last week.

Hib­bert, front­man for Toots and the May­tals, died on Septem­ber 11 at age 77.

The ini­tia­tive, ipe­ti­tions. com/pe­ti­tion/toots-forthe-rock-hall-of-fame, was started last Mon­day by Cal­i­for­nia-based reg­gae his­to­rian Roger St­ef­fens and Mike Pawka, prin­ci­pal of Jam­min Reg­gae Ar­chives, oper­a­tor of niceup.com. The aim is to se­cure more than 5,000 sig­na­tures.

Wayne Job­son — Los An­ge­les-based ra­dio talk show host and mu­sic pro­ducer — gave some in­sight into the project.

“We’ve been talk­ing about it for a long time, but no one moved ahead with it. So it’s a thing where peo­ple can click on it... I’m ac­tu­ally spread­ing the word,” Job­son told the Ja­maica ob­server. “Rob­bie Robert­son, leader of The Band, was in Ja­maica. He’s on the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Com­mit­tee. Chris Blackwell and I said to him: ‘Toots needs to be in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame be­cause, one, he invented the word reg­gae and he was in­stru­men­tal in the whole sound of reg­gae’... That was about two years ago. So fi­nally with the pe­ti­tion, we can get it go­ing.”

Blackwell is co-founder of Is­land Records. That la­bel had a ma­jor role in in­tro­duc­ing ska, rock­steady and roots-reg­gae to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence.

Es­tab­lished in April 1983, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is lo­cated in Cleve­land, Ohio. It hon­ours the his­tory of rock mu­sic, artistes, pro­duc­ers, en­gi­neers and other notable fig­ures.

Bob Mar­ley was in­ducted in 1994, 13 years af­ter his death. Jimmy Cliff made the ‘Hall’ in 2010.

Job­son in­sists Hib­bert’s name be sim­i­larly recog­nised.

“Bob Mar­ley passed away like 40 years ago. Since then, Toots has been car­ry­ing the torch for reg­gae. Bob and Toots started out at the same time... Toots kept on tour­ing the whole time and spread­ing reg­gae around the world. At 70, he got hit in the head with bot­tle that was thrown by a pa­tron at a show in Vir­ginia. And af­ter that in­ci­dent, he still kept on go­ing,” said Job­son.

“He was so vi­tally im­por­tant and all the peo­ple re­spected him. Apart from be­ing an amaz­ing per­former that we know he is and apart from be­ing an amaz­ing singer, his song­writ­ing was be­yond bril­lance. So many peo­ple have cov­ered his songs.”

That list of artistes in­cludes Amy Wine­house, The Clash, No Doubt, Sub­lime, Keith Richards, Eric Clap­ton,

Robert Palmer, The Spe­cials and Wil­lie Nel­son.

Job­son worked on sev­eral projects with Hib­bert, in­clud­ing Live From Darryl’s

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