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Flashback to encounter with reggae icon Toots Hibbert, dead at 77

The death of reggae icon “Toots” Hibbert, of Toots and the Maytals prompted NBC Washington reporter Mark Segraves’ recollections of a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

The death of reggae pioneer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, who fronted Toots and the Maytals, is prompting heartfelt praise from fellow musicians and fans of hits like “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man,” and “Funky Kingston.”

NBC Washington (and former Gist Vile) reporter Mark Segraves has vivid memories of seeing Hibbert perform live in the 1980s at an outdoor reggae festival in Jamaica that brought together dozens of reggae bands — and almost no fans.

Hibbert died Friday at the age of 77 in a Jamaica hospital. He had experienced symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.

Saturday morning, Segraves dug through his memorabilia and found the flyer he received shortly after arriving in Jamaica for the three-day concert at the age of 21.

“It was about six or eight of us, all from Bethesda. Most of us went to Whitman [High School],” Segraves said. “We could barely afford to go. We all had to stay in one hotel room and eat goat meat because it was all we could afford.”

Dubbed “The Jamaica World Music Festival,” Segraves and friends made the journey after hearing about it in Rolling Stone magazine, “or maybe it was High Times magazine.”

Segraves said he and friends paid $107 to attend the three-day mega-concert, during Thanksgiving weekend, 1982.

“The shows all began at sunset because it was too hot to play during the day, and every night the bands would play until sunrise.”

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“Then, like now, I was a Deadhead, and that’s why I went, but we got so much more than what we bargained for,” he said. “I remember the sun coming up as the Grateful Dead finished.”

“Every living legend of reggae was on that concert bill: Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Rita Marley, The Clash combined with the horn section of The Wailers, and yes, Toots and The Maytals.”

Even 38 years later, Segraves can clearly picture Hibbert’s performance that night: “Toots dressed more like the soul and R&B bands I was used to seeing in the U.S. Their soulful sound was more accessible to me.”

The concert wasn’t limited to reggae-influenced music. Other acts included Gladys Knight & The Pips, The B-52’s, The Beach Boys, Squeeze and Jimmy Buffett.

“What was most remarkable about the entire experience was that in a stadium that held thousands, there were only a few hundred paid fans. Tickets were about $100 to get in, and back then that was a lot of money,” Segraves said.

The paltry attendance made for an unforgettable experience for Segraves: “We were right down front, every night. Think RFK Stadium, with only a couple hundred there. The talent on that stage was amazing. I can only imagine how much money the promoters must have lost.”

But Segraves said more than those few hundred lucky fans heard the music.

“Outside the stadium, the place was packed with people who couldn’t afford to get in. Local Jamaicans, the poorest of the poor, were all gathered outside to hear their heroes play a concert that they couldn’t get inside to see,” Segraves recalled.

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“I also vividly remember Peter Tosh giving a 20 minute speech about legalizing marijuana in the middle of his set,” said Segraves. Marijuana has long been associated with reggae.

“On the flight home the plane was almost 100% Deadheads, and somebody lit up a joint on the plane, because you could smoke cigarettes on planes back then. The pilot made the announcement that smoking non-tobacco products was prohibited, and if it continued he would land at the nearest airport and let the local authorities deal with us.”

Segraves said passengers took the admonishment seriously.

“At that very moment we were in Cuban airspace — people started throwing joints through the air toward the cockpit, to get rid of them.”

In this May 3, 2018 file photo, Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. In a statement from a family member, Hibbert died on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

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This Sept. 14, 2019 file photo shows Adam Schlesinger, winner of the awards for outstanding original music and lyrics for “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” in the press room at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Schlesinger, an Emmy and Grammy winning musician and songwriter known for his band Fountains of Wayne and his songwriting on the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has died from coronavirus at age 51. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

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Joe Diffie performs at "Luke Combs Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family" at Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
Joe Diffie performs at “Luke Combs Joins the Grand Ole Opry Family” at Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)

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<p>Joseph Lowery died March 27, 2020 at age 98.</p>
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 04: Joseph Lowery and producer Will Packer onstage at 96th Birthday Celebration For Dr. Joseph Lowery at Rialto Center for the Arts on October 4, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

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Mark Blum, a veteran stage actor known for films including "Desperately Seeking Susan" and "Crocodile Dundee," has died due to complications from Covid-19.
Mark Blum, a veteran stage actor known for films including “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” has died due to complications from Covid-19. He was 69.

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TERRENCE MCNALLY
This May 14, 2006 file photo shows Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally in front of the Philadelphia Theater Company in Philadelphia. McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” and the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

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FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2017 file photo, Kenny Rogers poses with his star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. Rogers, whose husky voice carried him as a TV and music star across genres, died at 81 on March 20, a representative said.

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Lyle Waggoner arrives at the “The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special” at the CBS Television City on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. Waggoner died March 17, 2020. He was 84.

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In this Oct. 2, 2008 file photo, actor Stuart Whitman arrives at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival black-tie gala fundraiser in Santa Barbara, Calif. Whitman, who appeared in hundreds of films and television shows, died Monday in Montecito, Calif. at 92.

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FILE – In this Feb.5, 2018 file photo, Tonie Marshall poses during a photocall prior to the 23rd Lumieres awards ceremony in Paris. French-American filmmaker and actress Tonie Marshall, who remained the only female director to ever win a French Cesar award, has died. She was 68.

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FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, actor Max Von Sydow attends the Lumiere Award ceremony of the 7th Lumiere Festival in Lyon, central France. Max von Sydow, the self-described “shy boy”-turned-actor who played the priest in the horror classic “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 90, it was reported on Monday, March 9, 2020. He was known to art house audiences through his work with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. But it was his role as the devil-evicting priest in William Friedkin’s controversial 1973 film “The Exorcist” that brought him to international attention.

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Former CNN anchor Bobbie Battista passed away on the morning of Tuesday, March 3, 2020, after a four-year battle with cervical cancer, a family spokeswoman said. She was 67.

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“Inside the Actor’s Studio” host James Lipton is 89 on Sept. 19. Here, Lipton speaks at the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Art for Life Benefit at Fairview Farms in Water Mill on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Lipton died March 2, 2020 at age 93.

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This Oct. 22, 1996 file photo shows co-creators of “The Young And The Restless,” Lee Phillip Bell, left, and her husband William J. Bell Sr. standing by a celebratory cake marking the 6000th episode of the daytime soap opera series in Los Angeles. Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 33 years, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 91.

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Katherine Johnson
FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2017, file photo, Katherine Johnson, the inspiration for the film, “Hidden Figures,” poses in the press room at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Johnson died Feb. 24, 2020.

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In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, former model and restaurateur B. Smith arrives at the BET Honors red carpet in the Warner Theatre in Washington. Smith died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at her Long Island, New York, home, after battling early onset Alzheimer’s disease, according to a family statement on social media. She was 70.

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The up-and-coming rapper known as Pop Smoke was fatally shot during a break-in early Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at a Hollywood Hills home, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Zoe Caldwell
In this June 2, 1996, file photo, Zoe Caldwell holds her award for Leading Actress in a Play for her role in “Master Class” at the 50th Annual Tony Awards in New York. Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award winner famous for portraying larger-than-life characters, has died. Her son Charlie Whitehead said Caldwell died peacefully Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at her home in Pound Ridge, New York. She was 86. Whitehead said her death was due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)

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Actress Ja’Net Dubois attends the Black Business Association’s Salute to “Black History Awards Dinner” at California African American Museum on February 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Dubois died Feb. 18 at age 74. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)

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Actress Kellye Nakahara Wallet died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. She famously played Nurse Kellye in “M*A*S*H,” which ran from 1972-1983. In this 2009 photo, she is seen arriving at the 7th Annual TV Land Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on April 19, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, Lynn Cohen arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at Nokia Theatre LA Live. Cohen, an actress best known for playing the plainspoken housekeeper and nanny Magda in “Sex and the City,” has died. She was 86. Cohen died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 in New York City, said her manager, Josh Pultz. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, Lynn Cohen arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at Nokia Theatre LA Live. Cohen, an actress best known for playing the plainspoken housekeeper and nanny Magda in “Sex and the City,” has died. She was 86. Cohen died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 in New York City, said her manager, Josh Pultz. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Caroline Flack
FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, British TV personality Caroline Flack arrives for the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards in London. The host controversial reality TV show “Love Island,” has died aged 40, according to a statement from her family Saturday Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, FILE)

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In this March 1993 file photo, Joseph Shabalala, front left, founder of South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, stands with the group and Paul Simon, front right, as they pose for a photograph. The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78. Shabalala died at a hospital in the capital Pretoria Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020, his family confirmed to local media. (AP Photo/File)
In this March 1993 file photo, Joseph Shabalala, front left, founder of South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, stands with the group and Paul Simon, front right, as they pose for a photograph. The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78. Shabalala died at a hospital in the capital Pretoria Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020, his family confirmed to local media. (AP Photo/File)

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Robert Conrad
FILE – In this June 13, 2013, file photo, actor Robert Conrad poses for photographers during the closing ceremony of the 2013 Monte Carlo Television Festival, in Monaco. Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series “Hawaiian Eye” and “The Wild, Wild West,” has died at age 84. A family spokesperson says the actor died Saturday morning, Feb. 8, 2020, in Malibu, Calif., from heart failure.

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KAHN
In this April 25, 1997, file photo, Author Roger Kahn, author of the bestseller “The Boys of Summer”, poses at his home in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Kahn, the writer who wove memoir and baseball and touched millions of readers through his romantic account of the Brooklyn Dodgers died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at a nursing facility in Mamaroneck, N.Y., according to his son Gordon Kahn. He was 92.

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Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas has died at age 103 on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. His son, actor Michael Douglas, wrote in an Instagram post: “Kirk’s life was well-lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet.”

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In this undated file photo shows Willie Wood of the Green Bay Packers. Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Wood, captain of the 1959 USC football team who played in the first 2 Super Bowls, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 of natural causes in Washington, D.C. He was 83.

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CLARK
In this June 3, 2004 file photograph, author Mary Higgins Clark poses in her home in Saddle River, N.J. Clark, the tireless and long-reigning “Queen of Suspense” whose tales of women beating the odds made her one of the world’s most popular writers, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at age 92. Clark’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, announced that Clark died in Naples, Fla, of natural causes.

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Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of the popular folk group the Kingston Trio and the lead singer on its million-selling ballad “Tom Dooley” and many other hits, has died.

AP/Ellis R. Bosworth

In this April 15, 2014 file photo, Nicholas Parsons poses for the media with his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal given to him by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. British broadcaster Nicholas Parsons, who hosted the witty, wordy radio program “Just a Minute” for more than 50 years, has died at the age of 96. Parson’s agent, Jean Diamond, said he died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 morning after a short illness.

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Kobe Bryant
In this Nov. 26, 2013 file photo Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during a media availability before an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Washington. The Retired NBA superstar has died in helicopter crash in Southern California, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.

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Jim Lehrer
Moderator Jim Lehrer addresses the audience before the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. Lehrer died Jan. 23, 2020. He was 85.

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This Sept. 21, 1986 file photo shows actor John Karlen, center, who portrays the husband of detective Mary Beth Lacey on the TV show “Cagney & Lacey, ” posing with presenters Stacy Keach, left, and Angie Dickinson after Karlen won an Emmy for best supporting actor at the Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. Karlen, known for his roles on the television series “Dark Shadows” and “Cagney & Lacey,” died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, of congestive heart failure in Burbank, Calif. He was 86.

AP/Douglas C. Pizac

Terry Jones
FILE – This April 24, 2015 file photo shows Terry Jones at a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in New York. Jones was diagnosed in 2015 with a form of dementia that impairs the ability to speak. He died Jan. 22, 2020.

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"Mean" Gene Okerlund, Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson
“Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson. Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. He was 75.

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Neil Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the band Rush, has died. His rep Elliot Mintz said in a statement Friday that he died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67.

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Edward "Kookie" Byrnes, Edd Byrnes
This 1959 file photo shows Edward “Kookie” Byrnes. Edd Byrnes, who played cool-kid Kookie on the hit TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and later appeared in the movie “Grease,” has died at age 87. Byrnes died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., his son, Logan Byrnes, said in a statement.

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Buck Henry, the versatile writer, director and character actor who co-wrote and appeared in “The Graduate,” has died in Los Angeles. He was 89. Henry’s wife, Irene Ramp, told The Washington Post that his death was due to a heart attack.

AP/Dima Gavrysh

Controversial UK Author Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote “Prozac Nation,” “Bitch” and “The Bitch Rules.”

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David Stern
FILE – In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern takes a question from a reporter during a news conference following an NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77.

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