Daily Observer (Jamaica)
House (a popular televised jam series with Darryl Hall of Hall and Oates); and helping put together his album Got to be Tough, released in August by Trojan Jamaica/bmg.
Hibbert died at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew from complications caused by COVID-19.
He was active up to August when he was one of 10 finalists in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition. He and The Maytals won that contest on three occasions with Bam Bam (1966), Sweet And Dandy (1969), and Pomps And Pride (1972).
Some of their other popular songs include Monkey Man, 54-46, Pressure Drop, and Country Road.
The group’s 1968 single, Do The Reggay, is considered by many to be the first song using the word reggae.
In 2005, the group won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with True Love. Seven years later, Hibbert was awarded the Order of Jamaica for his contribution to the country’s music industry.
He received a Jamaica Observer Entertainment Award in December last year for his efforts in taking reggae to a global audience.