Arguably, the Maytals were only ever kept from becoming international artists by the runaway success of Bob Marley And The Wailers in the 70s. Rumour has it that Island Records Chris Blackwell originally only signed the Wailers because he was unable to obtain the Maytals signatures at the time. Frederick Toots Hibbert (1945, May Pen, Jamaica, West Indies), Nathaniel Jerry Matthias/McCarthy (b. 1939, Portland, Jamaica, West Indies) and Henry Raleigh Gordon (b. 1937, St. Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies) came together in 1962 at the start of Jamaicas ska craze and began recording for Coxsone Dodds Studio One organization. With a hoarse vocal from Hibbert, backed by an impenetrable wall of sound, it was not long before the Maytals were the number one vocal group in Jamaica - a position they maintained throughout the 60s and on into the 70s.
They left Dodd after some massive hits...
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