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Toots’s Petition Gathers Steam


(Jamaica Observer) The drive to get Toots Hibbert in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has gathered momentum. An initiative led by reggae historian Roger Steffens and Mike Pawka of niceup.com, it has achieved 3,600 of the 5,000 signatures sought.

Speaking with the Jamaica Observer last week, Steffens said once signatures reach, or surpass the 5,000 mark, it will be submitted to administrators at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Foundation which considers acts for induction.

Steffens believes Toots, who died in September at age 77, has a good chance to be the third reggae artiste inducted into the ‘Rock Hall’. Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff were installed in 1994 and 2010, respectively.

“There are several people [out] there now who are quite sympathetic to our cause, and given the strength of his final release, just nominated for the Reggae Grammy, I think we have a very good chance that he will be inducted next year,” he said.

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