Toots Hibbert, lead singer of the great reggae band Toots and the Maytals, has passed away at age 77.
With a style influenced by Otis Redding and drenched in soul, Hibbert was the best singer-as-singer of the reggae era. He was also an outstanding songwriter, penning classic songs like “54-40 Was My Number,” “Pressure Drop,” “Time Tough,” “Love is Gonna Let Me Down,” “Sweet and Dandy,” etc. etc. Like a lot of reggae artists, Toot’s music often got written off as good-time party music (especially by Americans) but he was one of the most essential musicians of the 1970s.
And the fucking theme song for 2020: