The Ethiopians were a ska, rock steady, and reggae vocal group, founded by Leonard Dillon (9 December 1942, Port Antonio, Jamaica – 28 September 2011), Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris.

History

The group started out recording for Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd in 1966. Dillon had previously released some mento songs under the name Jack Sparrow. Around late 1966, Morris left the Ethiopians. Having left Dodd, the Ethiopians started recording at Dynamic Studios for the W.I.R.L. label, releasing the rocksteady "Train to Skaville", which was their first success. In 1968, they recorded the song "Everything Crash", their first big hit. The song criticised the political situation in Jamaica at the time, such as water rationing and power cuts that led to unrest; such as an incident in which thirty one people were shot by the police. "Everything Crash" was later covered by Prince Buster. "The Whip" is another of their enduring songs from that period.

In 1969 they released the album, Reggae Power, and in 1970, Woman a Capture Man. Between 1970 and 1975, the Ethiopians switched from producer to producer, releasing songs such as "No Baptism", "Pirate", and "Good Ambition". Reid left the group in 1974. In September 1975, Taylor was killed by a van while he was crossing a road. In 1977, Dillon's fellow Ethiopians members Bro Fatty, Bro Ewing, Bro T, Mello and Hychi Dread released the album Slave Call, under The Ethiopians name.

In 1991, Dillon recorded the solo album On the Road Again. Toward the end of the 1990s, Dillon formed a new Ethiopians lineup with female backing vocalists Jennifer Lara and Merlene Webber, who appeared on the 1999 album, Tuffer Than Stone


The Ethiopians - Blacker Black 45's


Very rare 45's from this classic group.  Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae.
Foundation music.  


Playlist :

what along surprise/I'm a king 68
fire a mus mus tail/rocker black 68
blacker black 68
satan girl/ instrumetal 70
beggars have no choice 66
reggae hit the town 68
your are for me/playboy 74
conference blues
I need someone/hail rasta
prophesy a fulfill/rastaman song

flip tape

what we gonna do/wire version 68
the  beginning/ version 74
I'm sharing you/sho be do be
what a pain/version
sad news/mr. tom 74
solid as a rock success
conquering lion/lion head 72
stay loose mama/ dread prophecy/prophet 

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The Ethiopians - Dread Philosophy Out of Print LP

Record date : 1986

Playlist :
Dread Prophecy
Dread Dub
The Whip
Dub Lashing
No Bad Woman
No Way Dub
I'm Ready
Prepared Dub 

Producer : Robert Schoenfeld & Larry Pierson

Vocals : Ethiopian
Backing Vocals : Clinton Fearon
Backing Band : The Gladiators
Drums : Barnabas
Bass : Clinton Fearon
Guitar : Albert Griffiths & Gallimore Sutherland
Lead Guitar : Clinton Rufus
Keyboards : Audley Taylor
Trumpet : Bobby Ellis
Saxophone : Deadly Headly & Dean Fraser
Trombone : Nambo Robinson
Percussions : Scully Simms & Gallimore Sutherland & Albert Griffiths