(Oct 3, 2012): The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number

From the 1970 Trojan 7″ single, 54-46 Was My Number/Monkey Man (also released in 1970 as “‘5446’ Was My Number” by Beverly in Jamaica).  A Fredrick “Toots” Hibbert roots classic.  Apparently, a different 7″ version was released in 1968 as “54-46 That’s My Number” on Beverly (Jamaica) and Pyramid (UK) with “Dream-Land” as b-side.  It does not appear whether Leslie Kong produced this version or not.  In 1972 Capitol distributed a the Kong production on a Shelter 7″ with “The Man” as b-side.  The song is about the time Toots spent in prison for possession.

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