The Ethiopians were one of Jamaica 's best-loved harmony groups during the late skaThe March Of The Siamese Children - Various, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II - The King And I and early reggae periods.
Responsible for a significant number of hits between the mids and early s, the group was also one of the first Jamaican acts to perform widely in Britain. With his grandfather the choirmaster in the local church, Dillon had good grounding in music from an early age. While still attending high school, he performed with a local act known as the Playboys later re-named Ray and the Gladiatorsthe mellifluousness of his voice bringing the nickname "Sparrow".
Like many of his peers, Dillon moved to Kingston towards the end of his teen years in search of work, staying first in a tiny shack in the west Kingston slum of Back-O-Wall. He travelled to Fellsmere, Florida in on a seasonal farm work contract, and after returning to Kingston inhe settled in Trench Townlodging at the home of the aunt of popular sound system deejay King Sportywho he knew from his days in Port Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians With The Supersonics - Train To Skaville / You Are The Girl.
An audition was swiftly arranged at Studio Onewhere the Wailers were recording some of the biggest hits of the day, which led to Dillon voicing his first material. Three songs were backed by the Wailers, including a sound system favourite called "Ice Water", based on lyrics of double entendrewhile "Suffering On The Land" and "Beggars Have No Choice" were more concerned with the harshness of life in the ghetto; a fourth song, "Woman, Wine And Money", featured Delroy Wilson on harmony.
Shortly after the release of these singles, through the efforts of Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians With The Supersonics - Train To Skaville / You Are The Girl Ethiopian Reorganization Centre in Waterhouse established by elders Nasser King and Daddy KingDillon entered the Rastafari faith, which he remained committed to thereafter.
Sales of the Jack Sparrow material were not particularly high, and the Wailers were focussing on their own careers. Noting that harmony groups were all the rage in Jamaica, Dillon subsequently made an exit from the Studio One stable to form a harmony group of his own with Taylor, Morrison, and a youth known as Foresight, who he encountered on the street in Waterhouse; the Ethiopian Reorganization Centre became their main rehearsal space.
Foresight dropped out early, so by the time Dillon brought the group back to Studio One, they were a trio, debating whether to call themselves the Heartaches or the Ethiopians, until Studio One founder Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd decisively stated that the latter was more distinctive, and more fitting for a group that was spiritually minded. The uncertain nature of the music business caused Morrison to then quit the group, since he had a young family to support.
Undaunted by his departure, Dillon and Taylor went back to Studio One to record another half-dozen tracks, including the boastful "I'm Gonna Take Over Now", and a late-ska number called "I Am Free," which castigated an unfaithful lover.
Despite the popularity of the material, their earnings were still not sufficient for the group to concentrate Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians With The Supersonics - Train To Skaville / You Are The Girl music full-time. Continuing with the masonry led Dillon to the Ethiopians' next phase, once he found a financial backer for O My Beautiful Song - Band Apart - Marseille group in the form of real estate speculator, Leebert Robinson, who financed the self-produced single "Train to Skaville", issued in Jamaica on WIRL West Indies Records Limited.
The tour lasted three months inand another two months inand was arranged by Commercial Entertainment. Back in Jamaica, Melvin Reid became a temporary member of the group for some recordings made at Federal recording studio, but the group soon reverted to a duo again. Robinson's Carib Disco company, including "Reggae Hit The Town", celebrating the new beat, and the successful "Engine 54" recorded at a time when Trinidadian immigrant Garnet Hargreaves was acting as manager of the groupwhich celebrated a defunct railway engine that used to transport city folk on countryside excursions in Jamaica.
The popularity of this track and earlier hit singles led to a debut album, Engine 54issued by Doctor Bird in the UK. Then, the most solid and lasting working relationship was forged with producer Carl Johnson, yielding a series of hits in the late s The Bug - Ganja / Flying early s.
Things started off with "Everything Crash," after Sir Generation Game - Delroy Washington - I-Sus told Dillon to write a song with that title when Dillon first appeared at JJ's shop on Orange Street; the song commented on the widespread strikes that gripped Jamaica in and was recorded with the backing band, the Caribbeats.
Dillon also helped build Perry's Black Ark Studios in Dillon subsequently formed a new version of the Ethiopians with other members of the Rastafari faith, including Melvin Reid, to record the album Slave Call with Niney the Observer in Leonard Dillon then largely became a solo artist. The Ethiopians reached the end when Dillon died on 28 September Releases by The Ethiopians include: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Train to Skaville. The Ethiopians. The Guardian.
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