Pressure Drop – Toots and the Maytals – 1970

Pressure Drop - Toots and the Maytals - 1970Nothing like a bit of Sunday afternoon reggae – Toots and the Maytals 1970 hit, Pressure Drop.

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  • Formed in Jamaica in the early 60s, Toots and the Maytals were originally simply called The Maytals. The “Toot’s” was added in 1972.
  • The band’s frontman, Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, was, in 2010, named one of the 100 Greatest Singers by Rolling Stone.
  • The Maytals had their first chart success in the mid-60s only to have their musical career interrupted in late 1966 when Toots was jailed for 18 months for possession of marijuana.
  • The band’s 1968 single Do the Reggay, was the first song to first use the word “reggae”, giving a name to this musical genre and introducing it to a global audience. Reggae is listed in the dictionary as:

reggae [reg-ey] (noun) – a style of Jamaican popular music blending blues, calypso, and rock-‘n’-roll, characterized by a strong syncopated rhythm and lyrics of social protest. Origin of reggae: Jamaican English, respelling of reggay (introduced in the song “Do the Reggay” (1968) by Frederick “Toots” Hibbert).

  • The band’s first international hit was in 1970, Monkey Man – since recorded by The Specials and Amy Winehouse.
  • Toots and the Maytals continues to record and tour today, though they have taken a break or two along the way. Their last studio album was Flip and Twist in 2010.

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  • Pressure Drop was written by Toots Hibbert and recorded in 1969 by the Maytals.
  • The song appears on the 1970 album Monkey Man in Jamaica and From the Roots in the UK.
  • Pressure Drop was the song the launched the career of The Maytals outside of their native Jamaica when it featured in the soundtrack of the film The Harder They Come (1972).
  • In 2004, Rolling Stone rated Pressure Drop at #453 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • Notable covers of Pressure Drop have been produced by The Specials, Keith Richards, and the Clash.
  • Pressure Drop was also featured in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
  • Pressure Drop lyrics.

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