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March 28, 2008: Ethiopians
The Ethiopians were comprised of Leonard Dillon, Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris. Leonard Dillon was really the core of the group and later was known as "The Ethiopian". He got into music when Peter Tosh took him to Second Street in Trenchtown to meet Bob and Bunny, who eventually took him to Studio One in 1964 where he started recording as Jack Sparrow. After that he met Taylor and Morris and they recorded three songs at Studio One before Aston left the group. Around this time he was rehearsing at The Ethiopian Reorganization Centre in Trenchtown and renamed the group The Ethiopians. After some more tunes for Coxsone, they recorded with Prince Buster, Duke Reid and Lloyd Daley before settling in with Karl "Sir JJ" Johnson when Melvin "Mello" Reid joined the group. Around this time Stephen was killed and the group came to a halt until 1978 when Dillon linked up with Niney and a niyabinghi band to record "Slave Call" which was released on Count Shelly's Third World label. Following that, Coxsone Dodd released an album called "Everything Crash" in 1982 that collected a number of earlier tracks and current vocals. After all this, he connected with Nighthawk records in the states and did the "Dread Prophesy" album with the Gladiators?
For this show, I start things off with one of the Ethiopians' biggest tunes, "Train to Skaville" and the variations on that theme. Then we get into the Sir JJ produced "The Selah" and "Drop Him" with Coxsone's "I Am Going To Take Over" in between. Up next is the Duke Reid produced "Mother's Tender Care" followed by "No Baptism" with takes for Coxsone and Derrick Harriot. After that there's a run of Coxsone produced tracks and some things from producers Le e Perry and Rupie Edwards.