Happy birthday, Toots Hibbert!

Reggae legend Toots Hibbert would have celebrated his 78th birthday today, December 8.

Reggae icon Toots Hibbert would have celebrated his 78th birthday today. (Photo: Billboard)

Born Frederick Hibbert, famed singer is considered one of the foundation artistes that helped to make reggae what it is today.

Not only that, his contributions to two other indigenous genres, ska and rocksteady, have made him among the island’s most respected musicians.

The Grammy Award-winning artiste and his band, Toots and the Maytals, are nominated for the Best Reggae Album award once more for its Got to Be Tough project which dropped in August.

Hibbert passed away on September 11 from complications brought on by the coronavirus. He was laid to rest at National Heroes’ Park last month.

Bandmate, Jackie Jackson, told the Jamaica Observer that the day will be used to recall fond memories of the artiste.

Jackson said, “We had plans, from early in the year, with his family, to celebrate the day with a big birthday bash at his house. But we’ll use the day to remember the good times we had on the road [touring] and in the studio, and they were many. We’ll remember him in joy and in the happy times, as that’s the sort of person he was.”