Born: March 3, 1948
St Ann Jamaica
Died: Dec 16, 1990
The late great Jackie Mittoo was reggae’s premier keyboard player
whose work was of great influence on the direction of reggae in the sixties and seventies. Mittoo showcased his skills and talent in bands like The Skatalites (which he joined when he was 15 years old), Soul Brothers and Soul Vendors, scouted and arranged for Coxsone Dodd’s labels and issued solo albums.
In the eighties the dancehall movement based their rhythm arrangements on material that Mittoo had pioneered in
the sixties. In 1990, Mittoo entered hospital on December 12 and died of cancer on December 16.
He was 42 years old.