Toots & The Maytals

Toots and the Maytals were already huge reggae stars - they were credited with coining the very word on their Do The Reggay (1968) - when they released Pressure Drop in 1970.

Rumour had it that the Maytals were Island Records president Blackwell's first choice over Bob Marley and the Wailers when he looked to sign a reggae group to his label.

But Pressure Drop, and the band's career outside Jamaica, didn't really take off until the song was included on the soundtrack of the film The Harder They Come, in 1973, which introduced reggae to much of the world.

Toots Hibbert
Raleigh Gordon

Jerry Matthias