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Toots & The Maytals

Toots & The Maytals

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Biography

Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Their sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Frederick Toots Hibbert, the leader of the group, was born in May Pen in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica.

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In Kingston, Hibbert met Henry Raleigh Gordon and Nathaniel Jerry McCarthy, forming a group whose early recordings were attributed to The Flames and, possibly, The Vikings . Having renamed the group the Maytals, the vocal trio recorded their first album, Never Grow Old _ presenting the Maytals , for producer Clement Coxsone Dodd at Studio One in 1962-63. With musical backing from Dodd’s house band, the legendary Skatalites, the Maytals’ close-harmony gospel singing ensured instant success for the 1964 release.

After staying at Studio One for about two years, the group moved on to do sessions for Prince Buster (released in 1974) before recording their second album produced by Byron Lee in 1965 .

The band officially changed their name to Toots and the Maytals and began working with Chinese-Jamaican producer Leslie Kong, a collaboration which produced three classic albums and a string of hits throughout the late sixties and early seventies _ Do the Reggay , a 1968 single widely credited with coining the word reggae, Pressure Drop , 54-46 was my number and Monkey Man , the group’s first international hit in 1970 . The group was featured in one of reggae’s greatest breakthrough events _ The Harder They Come, the 1972 film and soundtrack starring Jimmy Cliff.

Toots and the Maytals’ compositions would be given a second airing in 1978-80 during the reggae-punk and ska revival period in the UK, when The Specials included Monkey Man on their 1979 debut album and The Clash produced their version of Pressure Drop . Having toured throughout the world for many years, Toots and the Maytals disbanded in the early 1980s, but reformed in the early 90s to continue touring and recording successfully.

The band recently won the 2005 Grammy award for best reggae album True Love, an album consisting of re-recorded versions of their classics alongside popular and legendary musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, as well as popular artists today such as No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots, and Shaggy.

Toots and the Maytals remains a relevant influence on today’s global music scene with artists from Amy Winehouse to Sublime re-recording classic tracks. Toots recieved another Grammy nomination for his 2008 release Light Your Light. Look for Toots on the road spring and fall in the US and summer in Europe.

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