born on 3/3/1948 in Brown's Town, Parish of Saint Ann, Jamaica
died on 16/12/1990 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jackie Mittoo (3 March 1948 16 December 1990) was a Jamaican keyboardist, songwriter and musical director. He was a member of The Skatalites and musical director of the Studio One record label.
He was born Donat Roy Mittoo in Browns Town, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, and began learning to play the piano when he was four under the tutelage of his grandmother.
In the 1960s he was a member of The Skatalites, The Sheiks, The Soul Brothers, The Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension. Mittoo's compositions in this period included "Darker Shade of Black", "Feel Like Jumping", and "Baby Why". He played with Lloyd "Matador" Daley in 1968 and 1969.
He emigrated to Toronto, Canada at the end of the 1960s. There he recorded three albums, Wishbone (Summus), Reggae Magic (CTL) and Let's Put It All Together (CTL). He also set up the Stine-Jac record label, as well as running a record store.
In 1970, his song "Peanie Wallie" was reworked into a song called "Duppy Conqueror" and recorded by The Wailers. Mittoo's song Wishbone was a hit in 1971. He performed in local Toronto lounges throughout the 1970s. Mittoo assisted Toronto-area reggae musicians, including Earth, Roots and Water, Esso Jaxxon (R. Zee Jackson), Carl Harvey, Lord Tanamo, Boyo Hammond, Carl Otway, The Sattalites, Jackie James and Jason Wilson. Mittoo continued to record for Jamaican producers in the 1970s, mostly Bunny Lee. He co-wrote "Armagideon Time" (later recorded by The Clash) with Willi Williams, release in 1980.
In the 1980s, he often worked with Sugar Minott. In 1989, he briefly rejoined the Skatalites, but left when his health started to deteriorate. In 1989 and 1990 he recorded Wild Jockey for Lloyd Barnes Wackies label.
Mittoo entered a hospital on 12 December 1990 and died of cancer on 16 December at the age of 42. His funeral was held at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica, on 2 January 1991. Hortense Ellis, Neville 'Tinga' Stewart, Desmond "Desi Roots" Young, Ruddy Thomas, Tommy Cowan, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd were among the attendees. A memorial concert was held around the same time, with performances by Vin Gordon, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Glen 'Bagga' Fagan, Pablo Black, Robbie Lyn, Michael "Ibo" Cooper, Ken Boothe, Delroy Wilson, Carlene Davis, Tinga Stewart and others.
In 2013, Mittoo was referenced by Superchunk in their song "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo" from their album I Hate Music.
- Jackie Mittoo in London (1967), Coxsone
- Evening Time (1968), Coxsone - Jackie Mittoo & the Soul Vendors
- Keep on Dancing (1969), Coxsone
- Jackie Mittoo Now (1970), Bamboo Records
- Wishbone (1971), Summus
- Macka Fat (1972), Studio One
- Reggae Magic (1972), Canadian Talent Library
- Showcase (197?), Studio One
- Let's Put It All Together (1975), United Artists
- Hot Blood (1977), Third World
- Show Case Volume 3 (1977), Abraham - also released as The Jackie Mittoo Showcase (1978), Sonic Sounds
- The Keyboard King (1977), Third World
- In Cold Blood (1978), Third World
- The Peacemaker's Chauffeur (2009), Jason Wilson (Wheel Records)
- Now (1970), Bamboo
- Tribute To Jackie Mittoo (1995), Heartbeat
- Keyboard Legend (1995), Sonic Sounds
- Keep on Dancing (1996), Studio One
- In Africa (1997), Quartz
- Showcase (1997), Culture Press
- Jackie 'the Great' Mittoo (1999), Black Roots
- The Keyboard King At Studio One (2000), Soul Jazz
- Champion in the Arena 1976-1977 (2003), Blood & Fire - Show Case Volume 3 + bonus tracks
- Drum Song (2003), Attack
- Last Train To Skaville (2003), Soul Jazz - Jackie Mittoo & the Soul Brothers
- Jackie Mittoo Featuring Winston Wright At King Tubbys (2004), Attack - with Winston Wright
- Jah Rock Style (Grooving With The Keyboard King) (2005), Trojan
- Love & Harmony (20??), Rhino - Jah Stitch & Jackie Mittoo
- Plays Hits From Studio One And More (????), Rhino - with Winston Wright
- Plays Hits From Studio 1 & More Vol 2 (????), Rhino - with Winston Wright
- Jackie Mittoo Rides On (2008), Jamaican Recordings
- 1.0 1.1 Jackie Mittoo at All Music Guide
4. http://kaatsound.blogspot.fr/2010/04/jackie-mittoo-il-y-bientot-vingt-ans.html (in French)
- A Tribute to Jackie Mittoo at the Jamaica Observer
- An illustrated Jackie Mittoo discography