Toots And The Maytals are celebrating their 50th anniversary with their biggest ever UK tour later this month. Frontman Toots Hibbert, the reggae pioneer who even invented the term, tells Andy Welch about his remarkable career and early years back in Jamaica.
The name might not be as familiar as, say, Bob Marley - a man synonymous with Jamaica's finest export. But without the work of Frederick Hibbert, as no one calls him ("Toots will do just fine"), it's unlikely any reggae albums would be sitting on the shelves of music lovers around the world, least of all the ubiquitous Marley compilation Legend. The original Toots band line-up, including Henry 'Raleigh' Gordon and Nathaniel 'Jerry' Matthias, are about the embark on their 50th anniversary tour. It's an incredible achievement; half a century of recording music and travelling the world, spreading their joyous reggae music. Plans for the forthcoming tour, which kicks off in Newcastle later this month, were roughly drawn up over a year ago.
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