Mike was born in the borough of Harrow, London, England on April 8, 1947 to Sidney and Edna Fitt. He spent his teenage years developing a passion for jazz at the 100 Club, and the Ken Colyer Jazz Club in London. In 1971, Mike and Canadian wife Liz Macfarlane moved to Canada, living in Jasper, Vancouver, and Edmonton, where Mike managed a family business, worked as a bank clerk at CIBC, and in sales and purchasing at HMV, Virgin Megastore, and A & B Sound (Edmonton). A keen collector, he amassed a significant collection of phonographs from the 1920’s through 1990’s, with a focus on British Trad-revival and Duke Ellington. He also wrote detailed discographical notes and assisted with research on the 24-volume The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord. He returned to the United Kingdom permanently in 2015 due to poor health. He died in August, 2019.