Toots and the Maytals (formerly known as The Maytals) is a Jamaican musical group and one of the popularly known ska and reggae vocal groups. Formed in 1960 when ska was popular at that time. The group consist of Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, Paul Douglas, Carl Harvey, Jackie Jackson, Michelle Eugene, Leba Thomas, Marie "Twiggi" Gitten, Norris Webb, Charles Farquarson, Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan, Andy Bassford.
Frederick "Toots" Hibbert ( he is the frontman of the group) was born in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica in 1945, he is the youngest of seven children. He grew up as a church choir and transfer to Kingston at the age of thirteen in 1958.
Hibbert met Henry "Raleigh" Gordon and Nathaniel "Jerry" McCarthy in Kingston. They was forming a group in 1962, in which their early recordings were mistakenly accredited to "The Flames" and "The Vikings" by Island Records in the UK . The group had their first chart success recording at Studio One with producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd. With their musical back up (the Dodd's house band, The Skatalites) the Maytals' guaranteed success, Dodd's dominate the rising vocal group "The Wailers". After staying two years at Studio One, the Maytals transfer to Prince Buster to do sessions before doing records with Byron Lee in 1966. The Maytals bring home the bacon the first-ever Jamaican Independence Festival Popular Song Competition with their original song "Bam Bam" with Byron Lee.