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Leonard Dillon of The Ethiopians Has Died

Leonard Dillon of The Ethiopians Has Died

Leonard Dillon of The Ethiopians Has Died

By Erik Magni on Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4 comments

Legendary singer Leonard "Sparrow" Dillon has died at the age of 68 in Kingston after a period of illness, according to IrieFM.


Leonard DillonLeonard Dillon founded, together with Aston Morris and the late Stephen Taylor, the ska, rocksteady and reggae vocal group The Ethiopians in the mid 60’s. Aston Morris soon left, and The Ethiopians first hit song Train to Skaville was recorded as a duo.

Other smash singles for a number of acclaimed producers soon followed. Engine 54, The Whip and Everything Crash only to name a few.

In September 1975 a tragic accident occurred. Stephen Taylor was working at a gas station when he was killed by a van while crossing the street.

Leonard Dillon took a break from the music business for two years. In 1977 he was back and put out the excellent roots album 'Slave Call' together with Winston “Niney” Holness.

Since then Leonard Dillon has toured on and off and recorded sporadically both solo and in a new version of The Ethiopians with female backing vocalists Jennifer Lara and Merlyn Webber.

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Posted by Ras Weero on 09.30.2011
A great great of the greatest true rasta reggae singers par excellent. May he rest in perfect peace. Jah Guide

Posted by Pablo Moses on 10.08.2011
Dillon was a very good man, and also a personal friend. I know the works he has done on earth is positive. You and your music lives on. Thanks for your inspirational contributions to this wonderful and powerful music call "Roots Reggae Music".
Blessed love always,

Posted by Jahlive on 10.09.2011
Another Good Man gone,mek I feel so sad! May yuh rest in Blessed Peace an Jah tek yuh inna a Blessed place inna HIM Kingwise! To yuh Family an Friends, Nough Strenght to overcome dis great loss! Icerely, I Jahlive I

Posted by Dominic Reuben on 12.01.2011
Give thanks Leonard Dillon, your works touched my heart. Look to the light.

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