54-46 Was My Number - Rolling Stone
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54-46 Was My Number

Toots Hibbert coined the term "reggae," and Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff became the faces of the genre. But it might have been different had Hibbert not been arrested for marijuana possession in 1966. At the time, his group was planning a breakthrough European tour. But an 18-month jail term stalled Hibbert while others carried on. Hibbert, who wrote this song about the ordeal, suspects he was set up by a threatened competitor. "They flopped," he said. "They helped me more because I think about it, and I keep singing about it. And I get a Number One record about it."


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