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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.

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 ?? (Photo: Jim Mar­shall) ?? Fred­er­ick “Toots” Hib­bert and mu­sic pro­ducer/ra­dio talk-show host Wayne “Na­tive Wayne” Job­son share lens time.
(Photo: Jim Mar­shall) Fred­er­ick “Toots” Hib­bert and mu­sic pro­ducer/ra­dio talk-show host Wayne “Na­tive Wayne” Job­son share lens time.

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