King Stitt

Winston Sparks

Also known as K. Stitt, Stitt

Discography of King Stitt:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Give Me Jah Jah / Live Jah Jah 3 Audio 2005-02-00 Soul Jazz Records
2 Herbsman Shuffle 3 Audio 1980 Trojan Records
3 Dance Hall '63 16 Audio 1993 Studio One
4 Herbsman / Don't Mind Me 2 Audio 1970 Clan Disc
5 Hurting Me / Skank Corner 2 Audio Studio One
6 Redder Than Fred / Nobody Knows 2 Audio Studio One
7 King Of Kings / Dance Beat 2 Audio 1970 Clan Disc
8 Back-Out Version / Holly Rhythm 2 Audio Coxsone Records
9 No Man Version / Black Up 2 Audio Coxsone Records
10 Dollar Train / On The Street 2 Audio 1969 Clancy's Records
11 Fire Corner / Rahtid 2 Audio New Beat Records (2)
12 Lee Van Cleef / Dance Beat 2 Audio New Beat Records (2)
13 Reggae Fire Beat 18 Audio 1996 Jamaican Gold
14 Dance Beat 2 Audio Clan Disc
15 Vigarton 2 / Silbert Dragon 2 Audio 1969 Clancy's Records
16 High Price Woman 2 Audio Ujama
17 Herbsman / Don't Mind Me 2 Audio 1970 Clan Disc
18 Skank Corner / Hurting Me 2 Audio Iron Side
19 Rock Fort Rock / Baman Version 2 Audio 1981 Studio One
20 Sound Of Seventies 2 Audio Clan Disc
21 Young Gifted & Black / Reality 2 Audio Coxsone Records
22 Herbsman Shuffle 2 Audio 1969 Clan Disc
23 Holly Mount Zion / Be A Man Version 2 Audio Studio One
24 Who Yea / Mr Midnight 2 Audio 1969 Clan Disc
25 Foolish Fool / I For I 2 Audio Clan Disc
26 Skaing West 2 Audio Coxsone Records
27 Herbsman Shuffle 2 Audio Clancy's Records

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 [url=]Coxsone Dodd[/url]'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, [url=]Count Machuki[/url] 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 [url=]Sergio Leone[/url] western movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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