King Stitt

King Stitt

Real Name:
Winston Sparks
Profile:
King Stitt is the oldest living Jamaican deejay. Sparkes was given the nickname Stitt as a boy and decided to use it as his stage name, becoming King Stitt when he was crowned king of the deejays. He began deejaying on Coxsone Dodd's Sir Coxsone's Downbeat Sound System in 1956 or 1957, influenced by American DJs heard on radio broadcasts from Miami and New Orleans. The original Jamaican deejay, Count Machuki noticed him for his dancing and offered him to try his hand on the mic. Born with a facial malformation, King Stitt took advantage of it and called himself The Ugly One, in reference to the Sergio Leone western movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

His first record releases came from producer Clancy Eccles with classic deejay tracks like "Fire Corner", "Lee Van Cleef", "Herbman Shuffle", "Vigorton 2", and "Dance Beat". Upon the success of these releases, Sir Coxsone began to release his own recordings of Stitt on now scarce 7" singles. A full album was released by Coxsone entitled Dancehall '63 in the late 90's of Stitt deejaying over old-school rhythms like Owen Gray's "On the Beach". A full CD of hard to find 7" singles called Reggae Fire Beat was released on Jamaican Gold CD label.

King Stitt can be seen selecting & deejaying on the Soul Jazz DVD documentary of STUDIO ONE called The Studio One Story. Also, King Stitt was seen as recently as 2002's Legends of Ska concert series in Toronto, where he selected and deejayed before, after, and between sets. A documentary of the Legends of Ska concert series was made but not yet released.
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King Stitt Discography

Albums

TTL 21 Clancy Eccles / The Dynamites Featuring Winston Wright & King Stitt Clancy Eccles / The Dynamites Featuring Winston Wright & King Stitt - Fire Corner(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Trojan Records, Clan Disc TTL 21 UK 1969 Sell This Version
SOL 03193 King Stitt Dance Hall '63 (Album) Studio One SOL 03193 US 1993 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1289 King Stitt Herbsman Shuffle Clan Disc 1289 Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
Dyna CE 391 SWB King Stitt / The Dynamites King Stitt / The Dynamites - Fire Corner / Rahtid (Single) New Beat Records (2) Dyna CE 391 SWB Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
CLA-200 King Stitt / The Dynamites King Stitt / The Dynamites - Who Yea / Mr Midnight (Single) Clan Disc CLA-200 UK 1969 Sell This Version
none King Stitt Lee Van Cleef / Dance Beat (Single) New Beat Records (2) none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
none King Stitt / The Dynamites King Stitt / The Dynamites - Vigorton 2 / Silbert Dragon (Single) New Beat Records (2) none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
244 Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites / King Stitt Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites / King Stitt - Dollar Train / On The Street(7", Single, W/Lbl, Sta) Clancy's Records 244 Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
none King Stitt Radio Boss Radio(7", W/Lbl) Clancy's Records none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
CLA-215 Earl George / King Stitt And Clancy Eccles And The Dynamites Earl George / King Stitt And Clancy Eccles And The Dynamites - False Neiah / Sound Of '70 (Single) Clan Disc CLA-215 UK 1970 Sell This Version
none King Stitt / Clancy* & Stitt* King Stitt / Clancy* & Stitt* - King Of Kings / Dance Beat Clan Disc none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
none Stitt* & Andy Capp / Higgs & Wilson Stitt* & Andy Capp / Higgs & Wilson - Herbsman / Don't Mind Me (Single) Clan Disc none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
none Carl Dawkins / King Stitt Carl Dawkins / King Stitt - Dr. Rodney (Rodney's History) / Sound Of The Seventies(7", Single, W/Lbl) Clancy's Records none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
CLA-223 King Stitt / The Dynamites King Stitt / The Dynamites - King Of Kings / Reggaedelic(7") Clan Disc CLA-223 UK 1970 Sell This Version
BU 430 The Clan (5) / King Stitt The Clan (5) / King Stitt - Na Na Hay Hay Goodbye / Musical Bop(7") Bullet (3) BU 430 UK 1970 Sell This Version
ES 825 The Kuraas / King Stitt The Kuraas / King Stitt - Stampeed / You Were Meant For Me(7") Escort ES 825 UK 1970 Sell This Version
BA 332A King Stitt Back Out Version(7") Banana (2) BA 332A UK 1971 Sell This Version
BA 334 King Stitt Rhyming Time / Reality(7") Banana (2) BA 334 UK 1971 Sell This Version
I.S. 020 Alton Ellis / King Stitt Alton Ellis / King Stitt - Hurting Me / Skank Corner Iron Side I.S. 020 Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
TROT 9064 King Stitt & The Dynamites King Stitt & The Dynamites - Herbsman Shuffle (EP, Single) Trojan Records TROT 9064 UK 1980 Sell This Version
none Soul Vendours* / King Stitt Soul Vendours* / King Stitt - Rock Fort Rock / Baman Version(7", RP) Studio One none US 1981 Sell This Version
none King Stitt & Delinger* King Stitt & Delinger* - High Price Woman(7") Ujama none Jamaica 1990 Sell This Version
HR 002 King Stitt / Bruno Blum King Stitt / Bruno Blum - Zoot Suit Hipster / Zazie Et La Zazou(7") Human Race Records HR 002 Jamaica 2002 Sell This Version
none Puddy Roots / King Stitt Puddy Roots / King Stitt - Africa Trod / Jah Arise(7", RE) Uhuru none Jamaica 2002 Sell This Version
SJR 104-12 Sugar Minott / Jackie Mittoo / King Stitt Sugar Minott / Jackie Mittoo / King Stitt - Give Me Jah Jah/ Live Jah Up Studio One SJR 104-12 UK 2005 Sell This Version