IT IS TIME TO PROPERLY RECOGNIZE JACKIE MITTOO Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the passing of Jackie Mittoo, a giant of a keyboard player and the head of then Studio One's music and creative operations between 1966 and 1973.
He was born in Browns Town, St Ann, Jamaica on March 3, 1948. A Kingston College Old Boy, Mittoo was an important member of the phenomenal Skatellites, The Shieks, The Soul Brothers, Soul Vendors, and The Sound Dimension bands. In his various capacities, Mittoo would have played on a majority of the records produced by Studio between 1964 and 1972. A listing of these records would include: Hot Milk, One Step Beyond, Feel Like Jumping, Baby Why, Darker Shade of Black, Rockfort Rock, Swing Easy, and Freedom Blues among others. Mittoo's catalog is vast with over 20 albums and just under 200 singles. I am using this medium to appeal to Jamaica's Minister of Culture and Entertainment Honourable Olivia Babsy Grange to give the much needed National recognition to Mittoo's invaluable contribution to Jamaican Music. Check out my video blog on Jamaican Music history at: www.yaawdmedia.com/videos
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