113. Toots & the Maytals

We can’t even begin to tell you how shocked we were that Jimmy Cliff recently got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It isn’t that we don’t think that Cliff should have been inducted; but we really saw no evidence that the Hall would ever induct a second Reggae star (after Bob Marley). The question now is will the Hall induct a third.   Toots and the Maytals would be an excellent candidate for that third Reggae slot. Credited for coining the term, Reggae, Toots combined Ska, Gospel, a bit of attitude and Toots’ soulful voice to create the groundwork for what Reggae became. Toots & The Maytals may not have been the most internationally known artists from the Caribbean, but they were among its most important. The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1991   Country of Origin: Jamaica   Why He Will Get In: They are credited (by some) as the creator of a sub genre.   Why He Won’t Get In: With Marley and Cliff in, the Hall may feel they have paid their debt to Reggae.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Sweet and Dandy (1969) Monkey Man (1970) From the Roots (1970) Funky Kingston (1973)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Bam Bam (Single, 1966) 54-46 That’s My Number (Single, 1968) Pressure Drop (From Monkey Man, 1969) Monkey Man (From Monkey Man, 1969) Redemption Song (From Funky Kingston, 1973)   www.tootsandthemaytals.com {acepolls 147}

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