Leonard Dillon, Reggae Artist and Ethiopians Singer, Dies at 68

LEONARD DILLON, Sept. 28  Dillon, the leader of reggae pioneers the Ethiopians, died at 68 in Jamaica due to lung and prostate cancer. After beginning his career as a solo artist under the name Jack Sparrow, Dillon and the Ethiopians authored hits like "Everything Crash" and "Train to Skaville."

The leader of the pioneering reggae group The Ethiopians has died in Jamaica. Leonard Dillon was 68.

Daughter Patrice Dillon says her father died Wednesday at her home of lung and prostate cancer.

She says Dillon had been diagnosed with cancer in June and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor earlier this year.

Leonard Dillon began his career using the stage name Jack Sparrow in the early 1960s. He recorded a series of ska songs, including "Bull Whip," which featured a young Bob Marley on backing vocals.

Dillon later formed The Ethiopians, a trio whose best known hits were "Train to Skaville" and "Everything Crash."

Dillon is survived by seven children.

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