By: Harold G. Bailey, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
Queens N. Y. :- Behind a vintage performance that captured the hearts of thousands of music fans, legendary entertainer Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals fame and current singing sensation Tessanne Chin were presented with the United States (US)
Congressional Proclamation at the recent Groovin In The Park Reggae and R&B concert here. The proclamations were made through the efforts of US born Jamaican congresswoman Yvette Clarke in recognition of Toots’ “contribution to Jamaica’s music development for more than 50 years.”
Chin, the winner of NBC’s The Voice singing competition three years ago, was also recognized for her “sterling performance and achievements,” which stirred national pride then and since among Jamaican nationals.
For Toots, the award was special. Booked as one of the main performers three years ago, he was forced to withdraw after being injured while performing in Virginia. Among the very earliest pioneers of reggae, he walked unto the stage with guitar in hand and performed the single “I will never grow old, to the delight of the huge crowd. It was an indication that he plans to continue performing for some time yet. But, it was the super hits of ” Country Road, Bam Bam, and 5446 That’s My Number that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Super star, Berris Hammond – a crow favorite – and R&B singer Peabo Bryson delivered performances that brought their fans to their feet several times.