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Mittoo was a member of the famed ska band, The Skatalites, and would go on to become a legend on the keyboard. Born Donat Roy Mittoo in Brown’s Town, St Ann, he was taught the piano as a child. In addition to The Skatalites, he was also a member of several other bands, including The Sheiks, The Soul Brothers, The Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension. He emigrated to Canada in the late 1960s, where he recorded a number of albums and worked with several Toronto-based reggae artistes while continuing to work with local producers.
Mittoo rejoined The Skatalites briefly in 1989, but by then, his health had started to deteriorate from lung cancer, so he left. He was hospitalised on December 12, 1990, and died on the 16th at the age of 42. He was best known for hits such as Ram Jam, Fatty Fatty, Ghetto Organ, and Peenie Wallie, and released or worked on more than 30 albums and compilations. He was also the musical director at the famed Studio One, mentoring a number of young and upcoming performers.