Unreleased Do The Boogaloo With The Maytals for Record Store Day

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Do The Reggay?

Record Store Day as turned into something really cool. It was set up to help promote the independent record stores still standing and the yearly promotion has turned into a smorgasbord of rare and new tracks from everyone large and small. Every year interesting and fun new releases are thought up to help promote an artist and help drive traffic to stores. There are plenty of releases that should get you excited but I think this one tops the list. Now how do I “Do The Boogaloo” here in the states?!


On June 12th 1968, Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, Henry ‘Raleigh’ Gordon and Nathaniel ‘Jerry’ Mathias McCarthy, aka the Maytals, attended a recording session for Beverley’s Records producer, Leslie Kong, which was to make musical history.

The first song cut that day was the energetic ‘Do The Boogaloo’ – an Toots Hibbert original inspired by the popular Latin music style that had all the hallmarks of a sure-fire hit. But while it was agreed the number had enormous potential, it was suggested that in keeping with the developing up-tempo Rock Steady style prevalent at the time, its appeal might be further enhanced were it to promote an exciting new dance.

So it was that ‘Boogaloo’ was hastily dropped in favour of ‘Reggay’, the meaning of which was ambiguous at best, with its selection made on little more than a whim by the ever inventive Toots. The result was one of the most influential recordings of all-time and while ‘Do The Reggay’ topped the local charts and provided the name generally applied to all Jamaican music thereafter, the original cut was forgotten.

Now, at long last, the initial version of the song is to be made available as an exclusive 7″ for Record Store Day on April 16th, with the track coupled with a long lost, previously unissued funky version of the group’s ‘Bim Today, Bam Tomorrow’, cut at the same session.

Issued in strictly limited numbers on premium quality, heavy duty vinyl, the record will be available from all participating UK stores – for details, check the following link:


I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.