Q: Right (chuckles). Tell me more personal details about Stephen, because not much more is known about him, other than being 'the other half' of the Ethiopians.
A: It was a great guy, man. Great guy. He's a guy like this: he may take a lickle time to make what he's doing, but when he do and hold on to it and he shut his eyes - whenever time I see Stephen shut his eye, remember I'm relaxed, beca' he got it (laughs)! Yeah man, it was a great guy, great guy to have around me. And then, you know, every short man can dance good, you know what I mean? And he was very good with him legs too, y'know. So that's why we used to dance so much on stage. But he was a good guy, miss him a lot.
Q: Oh boy, how did you react when you heard the news what he...?
A: Well, how I react... what got to me, for over two years I was sick, I was sufferin' from shock. I would be talkin' to you and every ten and a half seconds I would make a deep breath, and hhhhhh... you know what I mean? And that was happening to me for a while, so I leave Kingston and go to the country. And after still going back to Kingston for medication and until I was kinda relaxed, and started to breath normal again.
Q: Did Stephen leave a family at that point?
A: Yeah, he had his family but he only had one son, he only got one son. And now, I've been searching for that son over a couple years now and I cannot find him. Beca' what I want to do - and this is a t'ing I've been trying to say in this interview, yunno, I want to sign some of the songs to him. Beca' although it is I who write my songs, I write all the songs the Ethiopians ever did - I'm the writer, arranger, composer for these songs, and there are some, like 'Skaville', 'One Heart' - we didn't write those songs, I only have the horn section, y'know, when we're going to the studio and we just jam to what's happening. So each man put in what he had. And when I got my royalties, Stephen, I always give him some money. And ever split it even, because... y'know wha' I mean? But he always got some money. So right now I'm feeling so guilty not having his only son around to collect somet'ing, beca' I wish I could find that boy. I would sign some of the songs to him that me go on collect for life, y'know, but I can't find him. I've said this a lot of time and I just can't find him, I wish I could find him.
Q: Could be living in the States, or Canada perhaps.
A: I know that his name is Anthony Taylor. In your writing, when going up to your website, you can do this for me, you can put it on that I wish to find my partner's only son, which is Anthony Taylor, y'know.
Q: Of course I will.
A: Yeah man, I need to get in touch with him. Because his father did a lot of work with me and I think he should eat, his children should eat, you understan'?