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Toots Hibbert

Toots was inducted into the IRAWMA Hall of Fame in 1989. Born Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert, he was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. He was the lead vocalist for his band Toots and the Maytals and being a multi-instrumentalist, could play every instrument used in the band. Toots was seen as a pioneer, having been widely credited for creating the genesis of the name, “Reggae”, with his 1968 song “Do the Reggay”. The Maytals became one of the more popular vocal groups in Jamaica in the mid-1960s, recording with producers such as Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Byron Lee, Ronnie Nasralla, and Leslie Kong. This success included winning Jamaica's National Popular Song Contest three times with the popular songs "Bam Bam", "Sweet and Dandy" and "Pomps & Pride". In 1966, Hibbert was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of marijuana which provided the inspiration for one of his best-known songs, "54-46 That's My Number". In 1988, he released Toots in Memphis, for which he earned his first Grammy nomination, and in 2005 his band's True Love won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. In 2020 Toots was posthumously honoured when the Toots and the Maytals band won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with ‘Got to Be Tough’.