Thursday, June 19, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Toots & The Maytals
Artist:Toots & The Maytals
Album:The Very Best Of Toots & The Maytals
Toots & The Maytals are one of the most enjoyable of Jamaican groups. The group is led by Frederick "Toots" Hibbert. He was born Dec. 10, 1945 in May Pen, Parish Of Clarendon, Jamaica. He grew up singing in church and moved to Kingston in the early 60s where he met Raleigh Gordon & Jerry Matthias and they formed The Maytals. They originally recorded with producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd and then switched to Prince Buster. Their popularity grew in Jamaica & England and they started working with Byron Lee in 1966. Hibbert landed in jail for possessing ganja at the end of 1966. When he was released after 18 months, they started working with producer Leslie Kong. Their first single with Kong was 54-46, That's My Number and was a huge hit and would earn them a contract with Island Records. Pressure Drop is one of Hibbert's greatest songs and became popular in the 1972 film The Harder They Come. Then Leslie Kong died and The Maytals went back to Byron Lee. They weren't as successful through the 70s and Hibbert broke up The Maytals in 1981. This 2CD comp is a perfect intro for newcomers. Hibbert recorded solo in the 80s with Sly & Robbie and then formed a new version of The Maytals in 1991. His latest CD Light Your Light was released by Fantasy Records in Aug. 2007. Toots & The Maytals are one of the greatest Jamaican groups and Toots Hibbert is widely respected as one of the best singer songwriters in popular music history. He still sounds great as you will tell from this performance of Pressure Drop with Ben Harper & Jack Johnson on Saturday Night Live in 2007.