Hello and welcome to the 6th edition of Classic Corner Track! We are in the midst of summer here in the southern hemisphere and the sun is shining! Its hard not to think of beach days and party nights. This week, to celebrate the mood, I will be inducting one of my favourite Jamaican groups Toots and the Maytals!
Fitting in between Ska and Reggae, this Rocksteady group was at one time set to surpass Bob Marley and the Wailers in popularity! Hailing from Kingston, Toots and the Maytals formed in 1961 and had a few hit singles under their belt before the untimely arrest and incarceration of front man Frederick “Toots” Hibbert in 1966. After 18 months in prison, the group teamed up with producer Leslie Kong and returned with a barrage of hit singles, including “Monkey Man” “54-46 was my Number” and this little number called “Pressure Drop”.
Released in 1970 off of their album Monkey Man, “Pressure Drop” is my tried and tested cure for the down-downs! I’ve yet to see Toots and the Maytals live, one the items on my bucket list! They still tour from time to time, so maybe I will see one of you at the next show…
Until the next corner!
– DJ BRUAEL