With Maytles, Hibbert established himself as a leader in the development of reggae’s bright, intelligible sound in the mid-1960s. He was credited with popularizing the term through his 1968 song “Do the Rigay”.
Hibbert formed the Maytals in Kingston in 1962 as a trio with Nathaniel “Jerry” Mathiasin and Henry “Raley” Gordon. The group made its debut, Sensational maytals, In 1965, quickly gained popularity in Jamaica. He won the Jamaica National Song Award in 1966 with Hibbert’s song “Bomb Bomb”. As the group expanded, they repeated the feat with “Sweet and Dandy” in 1969 and “Pomps and Pride” in 1972, with the duo writing Hibbert. In 1972, “Sweet and Dandy” and “Pressure Drop” appeared on the soundtrack for the Kingston crime film the harder They Come, Which helped introduce reggae to American audiences.
In 1966, not long after winning the National Song Award, Hibbert was sentenced to 18 months in prison on charges of possession of marijuana, which he says were invented by corrupt officials. Anubhav inspired him to write “54-46 Was My Number”, which became one of the best-known songs on Maytel since 1973. in the darkness.
Maytals released their third album, Funky kingstonIn 1972, the island record featured a Dragon record, which helped the United Kingdom surpass the record. In 1975, another version of Funky kingston Was released in the United States with songs from in the darkness And only three original tracks from the album. The American version helped reduce the band’s popularity in the states, and they toured with Hu, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and the Eagles around its release.
Hibbert continued to release music throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with singles and new iterations of Tots and Maytal. He won a Best Reggae Album Grammy for 2004 true love. The group’s last record was August Has become difficult.
That month, Hibbert was hospitalized in an intensive care unit at a private facility in Kingston, where he was tested for COVID-19. On 2 September, Jamaica’s Collector Hibbert was reported to have worsened, and was in a medically induced coma at Kingston University Hospital in the West Indies. He is survived by his wife of 39 years and seven children, the band wrote on Twitter
Paying tribute to Hibbert on Instagram, Ziggy Marley wrote, “I will miss his smile and laughter, his true nature.” Tots was like a father to me, his soul is with us, his music fills us with his energy. I will never forget him.”