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|Birth name||Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert|
8 December 1942 |
May Pen, Jamaica
|Genres||Ska, rocksteady, reggae, roots reggae|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, bandleader|
|Associated acts||Toots & the Maytals|
Born in May Pen, Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, the youngest of seven children, he grew up singing gospel music in a church choir. Hibbert moved to Kingston as an teenager in the early 1960s, met Raleigh Gordon and Jerry Matthias, and formed The Maytals. The Maytals became one of the more popular vocal groups in Jamaica in the 1960s, recording with producers Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Byron Lee and Leslie Kong. This success included winning Jamaica's National Popular Song Contest three times with songs Hibbert wrote: in 1966 with "Bam Bam", 1969 with "Sweet and Dandy" and 1972 with "Pomps & Pride".
Hibbert was one of the first artists to use the word reggae, in 1968's "Do The Reggay". He also appeared in the groundbreaking Jamaican film The Harder They Come. The film's soundtrack included the Maytals' 1969 hit song Pressure Drop.
Much of Hibbert's recorded output reflects his Evangelical Christian upbringing. Hibbert has been known to write about Rastafarian religious themes as well, and in an early Maytals song, Six And Seven Books Of Moses from 1963, he addressed the folk magic of obeah and its use of the occult literature of Biblical grimoires, such as the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses.
A multi-instrumentalist, Hibbert can play every instrument used in his band.
Toots still tours the world, and his band won the Grammy for best reggae album in 2004.
In 2009, Hibbert collaborated with executive producer Malik Al Nasir of MediaCPR and Steel Pulse's Sidney Mills, who produced Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald's album Drumquestra. His track is called "What about the Children?", a house track with accompanying video shot on location in New York. The same year he also performed vocals with Iowa reggae band Public Property on their album Work to Do.
Hibbert joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a performance of "Louie Louie" during their New Year's Eve performance on December 31, 2011 held in St. Barts by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich. The private bash was invitation only and around 300 guests including George Lucas, Martha Stewart, Marc Jacobs and Jimmy Buffett attended the party at Abramovich's $90 million estate.
The bottle was thrown by William C Lewis. Lewis was facing a charge of malicious wounding but plead guilty to lesser charges. Despite Toots pleading in a letter to the judge, "He is a young man, and I have heard what happens to young men in jail. My own pain and suffering would be increased substantially knowing that this young man would face that prospect.”, the judge gave Lewis a six month sentence.
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