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.