Toots Hibbert is considered a legend of Ska and Reggae music. His sound is a unique, original combination of Gospel, Ska, Soul, Reggae and Rock.
His early work with producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One in 1962-63, rivaled the success of Dodd's other up-and-coming trio, The Wailers, but after staying at Studio One for about two years, the group moved on to do sessions for Prince Buster before recording their second album for Byron Lee in 1965 and eventually 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.
Following Kong's death in 1971, the group continued to record with Kong's former sound engineer, Warwick Lyn and Chris Blackwell of Island Records, releasing three best-selling albums, and enjoying international hits with Funky Kingston in 1973 and Reggae Got Soul in 1976. Toots & the Maytals' compositions would be given a second airing in 1978-80 during the Reggae-Punk and Ska revival period in the UK, when The Specials included Monkey Man on their 1979 debut album and The Clash produced their version of Pressure Drop.
Having toured throughout the world for many years, Toots & the Maytals disbanded in the early 1980s, but reformed in the early 90s and continue touring and recording to this day. 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 classics 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 artistes from Amy Winehouse to Sublime as the artiste’s influence on popular music remains relevant.
Toots has been absent from the stage for almost three years after being injured in the head by a drunk fan in Richmond Virginia in May 2013. After intensive medical therapy, Toots has been cleared by his doctor to resume touring in 2016. This 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.