Reggae Pioneer Passes On

News Americas, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mon. Oct. 3, 2011: Reggae pioneer Leonard Dillon is dead at the age of 68.

Dillon was the leader of the pioneering reggae group, The Ethiopians. His daughter, Patrice Dillon, says her father died Wednesday at her home after a battle with lung and prostate cancer.

Dillon began his musical career in the early 1960s and later recorded a series of ska songs, including Bull Whip. He went on to form The Ethiopians, a trio whose best known hits were Train to Skaville and Everything Crash.

Dillon is survived by seven children.