The Pioneers is a Jamaican reggae vocal trio. The group was formed by brothers Sydney and Derrick Crooks and their friend Winston Hewittwhose in 1962. Their most successful period was in the 1960s. They're one of the famous bands of the early reggae scene in the late 1960s.
Their first recordings were "Good Nanny" and "I'll Never Come Running Back to You" are self-produced. They used the money that was lend to them by Crooks brothers and seen on Ken Lack's Caltone label but recorded at the Treasure Isle studio. It is followed by several singles but none of them become sucessful, later Hewitt left the group and moved to Canada in 1966. He was substituted by formerly Heptone member Glen Adams for almost a year .
The group's previous singles are not successful. Sydney start to promote concerts to increase their popularity and also promote their unsuccessful singles. The Pioneers split up in 1967.
Sydney Crooks start working at Joe Gibbs' record shop, and record the song "Give Me Little Loving". With the different members of the group that left, Sydney Crooks initiated Jackie Robinson, whom he found before the recording start. The revived group was happy with their success with several singles namely: "Longshot", "Jackpot", "Catch the Beat", and "Pan Yu Machete"