Toots & The Maytals

One of the True Architects of Reggae

Toots & the Maytals, are one of the best known ska and rock steady vocal groups. Formed in the early 1960s, they were key figures in popularizing reggae music. Frontman Frederick “Toots” Hibbert’s soulful vocal style has been compared to Otis Redding. Rolling Stone  named him one of the 100 Greatest Singers.

The band never achieved the commercial success or cultural impact of the Wailers, but Toots & the Maytals are nearly as important in the history of Jamaican music. Some of their biggest hits include “Pressure Drop,” “Sweet and Dandy,” “Monkey Man,” and “54-46 (That’s My Number),” and the 1968 single “Do the Reggay” which is often credited as the first song to use the word “reggae,” thus giving the new style of music its name.

In 2004, Toots & the Maytals released the high-profile album True Love, in which Toots re-recorded a number of his best-known songs with a stellar collection of guest stars, including Eric Clapton, No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, and the Roots. The collection of duets won a Grammy.

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