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TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS, originally called THE MAYTALS, are a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and rocksteady vocal groups. The Maytals were formed in the early 1960s and were key figures in popularizing reggae music. Frontman Toots Hibbert's soulful vocal style has been compared to Otis Redding
Otis Redding
, and led him to be named one of the 100 Greatest Singers by Rolling Stone . Their 1968 single " Do the Reggay ", was the first song to first use the word "reggae ", naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience. As Island Records founder Chris Blackwell says, “The Maytals were unlike anything else...sensational, raw and dynamic.”

CONTENTS

* 1 Career

* 1.1 Formation and early success * 1.2 The Maytals * 1.3 The 1960s * 1.4 The 1970s

* 1.5 The 1980s

* 1.5.1 Guinness Book of World Records
Guinness Book of World Records

* 1.6 1990s * 1.7 2000s * 1.8 2010s

* 2 Awards, Recognition and Accolades * 3 Museums and expositions

* 4 Discography

* 4.1 Studio albums * 4.2 Selected live albums * 4.3 Selected compilation albums * 4.4 Other contributions

* 5 Saturday Night Live Parody * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

CAREER

FORMATION AND EARLY SUCCESS

Frederick "Toots" Hibbert , the frontman of the group, was born in May Pen , Clarendon , Jamaica
Jamaica
, in 1942, the youngest of seven children. He grew up singing gospel music in a church choir and moved to Kingston in the late 1950s.

THE MAYTALS

First generation of the band Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
to include instrumentalists. The line-up included its four main additional members Jackie Jackson, Paul Douglas , Hux Brown and Radcliffe “Dougie” Bryan. The original Maytals band members from Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
performing in Grenoble, France
France
(2017)

Hibbert met Henry "Raleigh" Gordon and Nathaniel "Jerry" Mathias in Kingston in 1962 and formed "The Maytals" as a vocal trio, a group whose early recordings were incorrectly attributed to "The Flames" and "The Vikings" in the UK by Island Records . The first instrumentalist members added to the group included Jackie Jackson, Hux Brown, Rad Bryan and Paul Douglas . The group changed its name from "the Maytals" to "Toots and the Maytals", with "Toots" referring to frontman Toots Hibbert , and "The Maytals" referring to the group’s instrumentalists and background vocalists. In November 2016, Jackie Jackson described the formation of the group in a radio interview for Kool 97 FM Jamaica. Accompanied by Paul Douglas and Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan in studio, Jackson explained,

“We’re all original members of Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
band. First it was Toots and the Maytals, three guys: Toots , Raleigh, and Jerry. …And then they were signed to Island Records , Chris Blackwell . And we were their recording band. One day we were summoned to Chris’ house. And he says, “Alright gentleman, I think it’s time. This Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
looks like it’s going to be a big thing”. By this time he had already signed Bob (Marley ). So in his camp, Island Records , there was Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
/ Bob Marley ; we were talking about reggae is going international now. We kept on meeting and he (Blackwell ) decided that the backing band that back all of the songs, the recording band, should be the Maytals band. So everything came under Toots and the Maytals. So we became Maytals also. And then we hit the road in 1975...we were the opening act for the Eagles , Linda Ronstadt , and Jackson Browne . We were the opening act for The Who for about two weeks.”

THE 1960S

The Maytals first had chart success recording for producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One . With musical backing from Dodd's house band , the Skatalites , the Maytals' close-harmony gospel singing ensured success, overshadowing Dodd's other up-and-coming vocal group, the Wailers . After staying at Studio One for about two years, the group moved on to do sessions for Prince Buster before recording with Byron Lee in 1966. With Lee, the Maytals won the first-ever Jamaican Independence Festival Popular Song Competition with their original song "Bam Bam" (later covered in a Dancehall style by Sister Nancy , and also by Yellowman in 1982). The group's musical career was interrupted in late 1966 when Hibbert was jailed for 18 months for possession of marijuana . He stated that he was not arrested for ganja , but while bailing a friend. Hibbert reportedly wrote "54-46 That\'s My Number " about his time in jail.

Following Hibbert's release in 1967, the Maytals began working with the Chinese Jamaican producer Leslie Kong , a collaboration which yielded a string of hits throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. These included " Do the Reggay ", released in 1968, which was the first song to first use the word "reggae " and gave the developing genre its name.

Reggae is listed in the dictionary as:

reggae (noun) - a style of Jamaican popular music blending blues, calypso, and rock-'n'-roll, characterized by a strong syncopated rhythm and lyrics of social protest. Origin of reggae: Jamaican English, respelling of reggay (introduced in the song “Do the Reggay” (1968) by Frederick “Toots” Hibbert)

The Maytals are responsible for some of the biggest hits in reggae history, including "Pressure Drop ," "Sweet And Dandy" and "54-46 (That's My Number)," the winner of the 1969 Jamaican Independence Festival Popular Song Competition.

THE 1970S

In 1970 "Monkey Man ", became the group's first international hit. By 1971, they signed a recording contract with Chris Blackwell 's Island Records , become the biggest act on the island, and had become international stars.

In 1972 the group won the Jamaican Independence Festival Popular Song Competition for a third time with "Pomps and Pride". The group was also featured twice in the soundtrack to The Harder They Come , the 1972 film starring Jimmy Cliff
Jimmy Cliff
, named as one of Vanity Fair s Top 10 soundtracks of all time.

After Kong's death in 1971, the group continued to record with Kong's former sound engineer , Warrick Lyn. Their re-instated producer Byron Lee renamed them Toots & the Maytals. The group released three best-selling albums produced by Lyn and Blackwell of Island Records, and enjoyed international hits with Funky Kingston in 1973 and Reggae Got Soul in 1975. Music critic Lester Bangs
Lester Bangs
described the album Funky Kingston in Stereo Review as “perfection, the most exciting and diversified set of reggae tunes by a single artist yet released. ” Chris Blackwell had a strong commitment to Toots and the Maytals, saying “I’ve known Toots longer than anybody – much longer than Bob ( Bob Marley ). Toots is one of the purest human beings I’ve met in my life, pure almost to a fault. ”

On 1 October 1975, Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
were broadcast live on KMET-FM as they performed at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. This broadcast was re-mastered and released as an album entitled “Sailin’ On” via Klondike Records.

Following the release of Reggae Got Soul, Toots & the Maytals were invited to tour as the opening act for the Who during their 1975-76 North American tour.

Toots and the Maytals' compositions experienced a resurgence of popularity in 1978-80 during the reggae punk and ska revival period in the UK , when the Specials covered "Monkey Man" on their 1979 debut album and the Clash covered the group's hit "Pressure Drop". During this period Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
were also included in the lyrics to Bob Marley & the Wailers song, "Punky Reggae Party ": "The Wailers will be there, the Damned , the Jam , the Clash, the Maytals will be there, Dr. Feelgood too".

THE 1980S

Guinness Book Of World Records

On 29 September 1980, the band recorded, pressed and distributed a new album (Toots Live) to the record shops all in the space of 24 hours in an attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records
Guinness Book of World Records
. A live concert was recorded on reels of 2-inch, 24-track analog tape, then rushed by van to sound engineers. After a running order was determined, the record label was quickly designed and sent to the printers. The album masters, labels and the outer covers were then separately sped to the Gedmel factory near Leicester
Leicester
, and the finished product was assembled and delivered to Coventry
Coventry
, where the band was playing the next day, successfully meeting the 24-hour deadline. Due to record label oversight, the achievement was not successfully registered with the Guinness Book of World Records. Island Records ' Rob Bell was quoted as saying, "Unfortunately, the record was not included in the Guinness book, because they required prior notification that the event was going to take place, and no one at Island had informed them of the project!" The record for "fastest album release" was not officially held in the Guinness Book of World Records until 28 years later when Vollgas Kompanie claimed the honor in 2008 for recording and releasing their album "Live" in 24 hours - matching the time interval in which Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
recorded, pressed and distributedToots Live in 1980.

The group split up after releasing the 1981 album Knockout. In 1982, Toots "> Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
with Dave Matthews when performing together in 1998 Members from Toots "> Toots and the Maytals with Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones)

In 2004, the group released True Love , an album of re-recorded versions of their earlier hits in collaboration with fellow musicians including Bonnie Raitt , Willie Nelson , Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
, Keith Richards , Trey Anastasio , No Doubt , Ben Harper , the Roots , and Shaggy . The True Love album won the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
that year for best reggae album .

President Donald Trump
Donald Trump
was quoted as appreciating the reggae music of Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
in 2004 when he said, “I heard the guest band, Toots Trump co-hosted an episode in April 2004]. They sounded terrific, and I went out to listen to them for a while. My daughter Ivanka had told me how great they were, and she was right. The music relaxed me, and surprisingly, I was not nervous."

In 2006, they recorded a reggae/ska version of Radiohead
Radiohead
's "Let Down " for the tribute album , Radiodread . The album was a song for song makeover of the English rock band 's album OK Computer into reggae, dub and ska. In August 2007 Toots & the Maytals released Light Your Light, which featured re-workings of older songs such as "Johnny Cool Man", as well as new material. The album was nominated in 2008 for a Grammy in the best reggae album category.

Toots & the Maytals hold the current record of number one hits in Jamaica, with a total of thirty-one.

In March 2009 it was announced that Toots & the Maytals would be performing alongside Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
, for their shared record label Island Records' 50th anniversary. Winehouse had covered the band's "Monkey Man", and the act were supposed to perform with her at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London on 31 May 2009. However, Winehouse's performance was cancelled, and Toots "> Toots and the Maytals performing at the 2017 Coachella festival "Toots" Hibbert at La Cigale, Paris, in 2017

In 2011, Director George Scott and Producer Nick De Grunwald released the documentary “ Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals” which was featured on BBC
BBC
. Described as “The untold story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica”, it features appearances by Marcia Griffiths , Jimmy Cliff , Bonnie Raitt , Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
, Keith Richards , Willie Nelson , Anthony DeCurtis , Ziggy Marley
Ziggy Marley
, Chris Blackwell , Paolo Nutini , Sly Dunbar , and Robbie Shakespeare
Robbie Shakespeare
.

The 2012 live album Unplugged on Strawberry Hill gained Hibbert his fifth Grammy nomination. I continue to suffer from extreme anxiety, memory loss, headaches, dizziness and most sadly of all, a fear of crowds and performing. I am not able to write songs as I did before or remember the lyrics of songs that I wrote and have performed for decades. Hibbert\'s letter to judge

In May 2013, Hibbert was struck in the head with a 1.75-liter vodka bottle while performing onstage at a Richmond, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
, festival. His injuries resulted in a concussion and treatment required six staples in his head. After the injury, the singer canceled all subsequent performances, citing fear of his audience and no longer feeling safe performing.

In 2015, Vogue magazine listed the song “54-46 Was My Number” by Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
as one of their “15 Roots Reggae Songs You Should Know”; and in an interview with Patricia Chin of VP Records , Vogue listed the group as part of an abbreviated list of early “reggae royalty” that recorded at Studio 17 in Kingston, Jamaica which included Bob Marley , Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh
, Gregory Isaacs
Gregory Isaacs
, Dennis Brown , Burning Spear , Toots and the Maytals, The Heptones , and Bunny Wailer .

In 2016 Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
announced a return to the stage with their first tour in 3 years, and on June 15 at The Observatory North Park in San Diego the group returned to the stage for the first time since 2013.

In 2017 Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
played Coachella Fest April 16 and 23 at 4:20 pm. Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
became the second reggae -based group to ever perform at the Coachella festival , after Chronixx
Chronixx
in 2016.

Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
have been cited as inspiration for other music artists when it comes to career longevity. Jamaican artist Sean Paul explains this by saying, “I’ve seen some great people in my industry, you know, people like Toots…Toots and the Maytals. Toots he’s a great reggae artist and he’s still doing it…He’s up there in years and he’s doing it. Those kind of artists inspire me. I know I’m just going to keep on doing music as long as I can.”

On June 24, 2017 at the Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival
, reggae group Toots and the Maytals were slotted for 17:30 with BBC
BBC
Four scheduled to show highlights from their set. When they did not show it was suspected they missed their time slot, and BBC
BBC
broadcaster Mark Radcliffe apologized on their behalf stating, "If you were expecting Toots and the Maytals – and, frankly, we all were – it seems like they were on Jamaican time or something because they didn't make it to the site on time." The group credited with coining the term "reggae " in song was subsequently rescheduled by the Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival
organizers giving Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
the midnight slot, with all other acts being shifted by one hour.

On July 29, 2017 Toots and The Maytals headlined the 35th anniversary of the WOMAD UK festival with a performance that was reported as “easily one of the true highlights of WOMAD 2017” .

AWARDS, RECOGNITION AND ACCOLADES

* 1981 Toots Live! nominated for Grammy Award * 1989 Toots in Memphis nominated for Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Reggae Album
Album
of the Year * 1998 Skafather nominated for Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Reggae Album
Album
of the Year * 2004 True Love won Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Reggae Album
Album
of the Year * 2010 Toots Hibbert named one of the 100 Greatest Singers by Rolling Stone * 2013 Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged On Strawberry Hill nominated for Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Reggae Album
Album
of the Year * Record holder for most number one songs in Jamaica
Jamaica
(31 #1 songs)

MUSEUMS AND EXPOSITIONS

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Philharmonie de Paris
Philharmonie de Paris
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Philharmonie de Paris
Philharmonie de Paris
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Philharmonie de Paris
Philharmonie de Paris
- Jamaica
Jamaica
Jamaica! *

Philharmonie de Paris
Philharmonie de Paris
- Jamaica
Jamaica
Jamaica!

From April 2017 to August 2017, Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
are part of the Exposition Jamaica
Jamaica
Jamaica
Jamaica
! at the Philharmonie de Paris
Philharmonie de Paris
in France for their importance in the development of reggae music.

DISCOGRAPHY

STUDIO ALBUMS

* Never Grow Old (1964) * The Sensational Maytals (1965) * Sweet And Dandy (1969) * From The Roots (1970) * Monkey Man (1970) * Greatest Hits (1971) * Slatyam Stoot (1972) * Funky Kingston (1973) * Roots Reggae (1974) * In the Dark (1974) * Reggae Got Soul (1976) * Toots Presents The Maytals (1977) * Pass the Pipe (1979) * Just Like That (1980) * Knock Out! (1981) * Toots In Memphis (1988) * Recoup (1997) * Ska
Ska
Father (1998) * World Is Turning (2003) * True Love (2004) * Light Your Light (2007) * Flip and Twist (2010) * Pressure Drop - The Golden Tracks (2011)

SELECTED LIVE ALBUMS

* Live (1980) * Live at Reggae Sunsplash (1983) * An Hour Live "Straight from the Yard" Dedicated to Robert Nesta Marley (1990) * Live in London (1999) * Unplugged on Strawberry Hill (2012)

SELECTED COMPILATION ALBUMS

* The Original Golden Oldies Vol.3 (1974) * Life Could Be A Dream (1992) * The Best Of Toots And The Maytals (1979) * Reggae Greats (1985) * The Very Best of Toots -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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BBC
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EXTERNAL LINKS

* Comprehensive discography at X-Ray Music * Toots interview by Daiana Feuer, L.A. Record

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