Toots & The Maytals
Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, is considered a legend of Ska and Reggae music. His sound is a unique, original combination of Gospel, Ska, Soul, Rock and Reggae. Frederick "Toots" Hibbert was born in May Pen in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He was the youngest of 7 children. He grew up singing gospel music in a church choir, but moved to Kingston in the early 1960s as a teen.
In Kingston, Hibbert met Henry "Raleigh" Gordon and Nathaniel "Jerry" McCarthy, forming a group whose early recordings were attributed to "The Flames". Fixing on the nickname of the lead singer, the name 'Maytals' was chosen for the group. The vocal trio recorded their first album, Never Grow Old - presenting the Maytals, for producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One in 1962-63. With musical backing from Dodd's legendary house band, the Skatalites. The Maytal's close-harmony gospel singin ensure instant success for the 1964 release, rivalling the success of Dodd's other up-and-coming trio, The Wailers.
In 1967 the band officially changed their name to Toots & the Maytals and began working with producer Lesley Kong on a string of hits including 54-56, Pressure Drop, and Do the Reggae, the 1968 single widely credited with coining the word Reggae on wax and naming the genre. The group's first international hit Monkey Man followed in 1970. By 1972, the group was featured in one of the 1972 cult classic Perry Henzel film and soundtrack that marked Reggae's greatest first breakthrough - The Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff. Released by Island Records, the album was named as one of Vanity Fair's Top 10 Best Soundtracks of all time.
A five time Grammy nominee, Toots & the Maytals won the 2005 Grammy Award with True Love for Best Reggae album. The album featured re-recorded classic hits alongside popular and legendary artistes including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots and Shaggy. The Toots & the Maytals catalogue has been covered by artists from Amy Winehouse to Sublime.
Following a serious injury in 2013, Toots will be back on stage this summer after almost three years. The return to the stage by one of the greats from the Reggae Pantheon is much anticipated for his countless fans around the world who have missed him and regard Toots & the Maytals as a living legend.