Vocalist Frederick "Toots" Hibbert can stake a claim as one of the most important figures to emerge in reggae music after Bob Marley. Long a fixture in Jamaican music with more Jamaican No. 1 hits than any other performer, Toots and his backing vocalists, the Maytals, began in the early '60s as the nascent ska boom was just getting underway on the island. With the group's 1968 single, "Do the Reggay," a new offshoot of ska now had a name. Toots continued to reach out to a larger audience with 1972's Funky Kingston, a critically acclaimed album that led to the band touring with the Who and other rock artists. In 2010, Rolling Stone named Hibbert as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
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Toots Hibbert joined backing vocalists Nathaniel "Jerry" Matthias and Henry "Raleigh" Gordon to form the Maytals in 1962. The trio recorded numerous ska, rock steady and reggae singles throughout the '60s. Renowned for Hibbert's soulful, almost gritty vocals and gospel-tinged harmonies, the Maytals scored a British hit in 1970 with "Monkey Man." The Maytals soon incorporated its studio band, enabling it to faithfully recreate its sound on stage. The Maytals appeared in The Harder They Come, a cult film that helped introduce reggae to a worldwide audience. Like Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals toured outside Jamaica throughout the '70s, playing US rock venues in an effort to broaden its audience. Toots was an especially effective showman with an athletic style owing a little to James Brown. The band developed a reputation as an impressive live act, which is unusual for a reggae artist. In the early '80s, Matthias and Gordon retired, but Toots Hibbert stayed on the road. In 2012, the band embarked upon an acoustic tour to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
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Is Toots and the Maytals Tickets touring in 2019?
Toots and the Maytals is playing across America in 2019. After several shows in the early part of the year, the band tours throughout the summer, playing a variety of clubs, auditoriums, festivals and fairs.
Who are the current touring members of Toots and the Maytals?
Toots is joined onstage by longtime drummer and percussionist Paul Douglas, bassist Jackie Jackson, guitarist Carl Harvey, guitarist Rad "Doogie" Bryan, keyboardist Charles Farquharson and backing vocalists Leba Thomas and Gwen Jackson.
What is a Toots and the Maytals setlist like?
Sets include some of the most celebrated standards in the reggae canon. Older hits include "Bam, Bam," winner of the 1966 Jamaican Independence Festival's Popular Song Competition, and "54-46 Was My Number." 1969's "Pressure Drop" is also included as are other hits like "Funky Kingston," "Sweet and Dandy" and "Monkey Man." The Maytals also cover songs by John Denver, the Impressions and even Otis Redding in a reggae style.
Which other bands are similar to Toots and the Maytals?
Some claim that nobody sounds like Toots and the Maytals, but other similar reggae vocal groups include the Gladiators and the Heptones. Other artists that fans of the band might enjoy include The Wailing Souls, Culture and the Mighty Diamonds.Back to Top
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