The Ethiopians is a ska, rocksteady, and reggae vocal group. It was formed by Leonard Dillon, Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris. The group begins their recording in 1966 for Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd.
Leonard Dillon had already released some mento songs( is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska and reggae music) with the nickname "Jack Sparrow". At the end 1966, Morris leave the Ethiopians. The group started recording for the W.I.R.L. label at Dynamic Studios and they released the ska classic song "Train to Skaville" (it was their first achievement). They recorded the song "Everything Crash" (that was their first big hit) in 1968. The song strongly condemned the political situation in Jamaica during that time like water rationing and power cuts that resluts to a turmoil (these incident that caused in shooting of 31 people by the police). Prince Buster covered the song "Everything Crash". Their song "The Whipped" is also a stable song in that time.
The Ethiopians released the album "Reggae Power" in 1969 and also the album "Woman a Capture Man" in 1970. The group changed from one producer to another in between 1970 and 1975. They released songs like "No Baptism", "Pirate" and "Good Ambition". In 1974, Melvin Reid left the group. Stephen Taylor was killed while he was crossing a road in September 1975.