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Toots & Maytals
A five-time Grammy nominee, and winner of the 2005 Best Reggae Album Grammy, Toots and the Maytals is a true legend of ska and reggae music. His sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock.
The band 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 Maytals' close-harmony gospel singing ensured instant success for the 1964 release, rivaling the success of Dodd's other up-and-coming trio, The Wailers. The original album augmented by studio out-takes from the Studio One sessions was re-released by Heartbeat/Rounder Records in 1997, and is essential listening for Maytals and Skatalites fans.
Towards the end of 1967, the band officially changed their name to Toots & the Maytals and began working with producer Leslie Kong on a string of hits including 54-46, 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.
The Toots & the Maytals catalogue has been covered by artistes from Amy Winehouse to Sublime as the band's influence on popular music remains relevant. The albums Light Your Light and Flip & Twist albums were released in 2008 and 2009 respectively. A prolific artiste, Toots is always in studio when not touring and in 2012 released two special projects including the Grammy nominated Unplugged on Strawberry Hill | Reggae Got Soul (acoustic CD/documentary DVD set) and a Ska 50 EP to commemorate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary.