Published Sep 29, 2011The reggae world has lost one of its pioneers, as Leonard Dillon of the Ethiopians has died after losing his battle with cancer. He was 68.
According to his daughter Patrice Dillon [via the Associated Press/Jamaica Observer], the reggae icon underwent an operation to remove a tumour from his brain back in February. He was subsequently diagnosed with lung, brain and prostate cancer in June.
Dillon began his career in the early '60s, performing under the name Jack Sparrow. He started the Ethiopians in the mid-'60s and scored a hit with the politically charged 1968 song "Everything Crash."
The band delved into ska and rocksteady, and remained active for several decades, with Dillon being the only consistent member. He also released a solo album, On the Road Again, in 1991.
According to his official website, he was due to release a solo record entitled The Ethiopian soon, featuring nine original tracks. He released a digital single "Good You Do," which came out on September 20 via Young Cub. Listen to it below.
Leonard Dillon: Good You Do by Young Cub Records