Toots Hibbert, who handed away Friday night time on the age of 77, was one of many final surviving founders of reggae music. The affect of his six-decade profession is evidenced by the huge 123 of artists paying tribute to him within the hours after his demise.
Ziggy Marley, recording artist and son of reggae titan Bob — who was a buddy and modern of Hibbert’s — wrote, “The Legendary Toots Hibbert has handed. i spoke w/him a couple of wks in the past advised him how a lot i liked him we laughed & shared our mutual respect. He was a father determine to me his spirit is w/us his music fills us w/his power i’ll always remember him RIP MIGHTY & POWERFUL NYAH FYAH BALL.”
Mick Jagger, who signed reggae legend Peter Tosh to the Rolling Stones’ label within the 1970s, wrote, “So unhappy to listen to of Toots Hibbert’s passing. After I first heard Stress Drop that was an enormous second – he had such a strong voice and on stage he all the time gave the viewers his complete power. A tragic loss to the music world.”
Ron Wooden, Jagger’s bandmate within the Rolling Stones, recalled, “I’d wish to ship my condolences to the Hibbert household for my pricey buddy Toots Hibbert who handed away on Friday. I’ve very pleased reminiscences of enjoying with him, a stunning man and a fantastic expertise. Right here we’re speaking about his music ‘Stress Drop.’”
Neville Staple of the Specials, the main group of the late 1970s ska motion in England, wrote, “Devastating information about Toots. This nice man of music led the way in which for therefore many. Could he relaxation straightforward and his music proceed to mild up the World. Journey effectively my buddy!”
The Specials’ contemporaries UB40, and Pauline Black of the Selecter, paid homage as effectively.
Nation legend Willie Nelson, who recorded a reggae album in 2005 that Hibbert guested on, paid tribute on Saturday.
Island Information, the label to which Hibbert and Marley have been each signed on the top of their careers, wrote: “Very saddened to listen to of the passing of Toots Hibbert. Talking about his buddy, Island’s founder Chris Blackwell as soon as mentioned “I’ve recognized Toots longer than anyone… Toots is likely one of the purest human beings I’ve met in my life, pure nearly to a fault.”
The influential reggae label Trojan Information paid homage as effectively. “Trojan mourns the passing of legendary reggae icon Toots Hibbert, frontman of the groundbreaking reggae and ska group Toots & The Maytals. Our condolences to all his household, associates, and family members..”
The long-running British group Large Assault, which fused R&B, reggae and different types into its sound starting within the late 1980s, paid tribute as effectively, demonstrating the a number of generations that Hibbert influenced.