A thanksgiving service for the life and works of pioneering toaster/deejay/selector King Stitt will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in North Street in Kingston, on Saturday, February 25, at 2 pm.
King Stitt (whose real name is Winston Spark) died on died on Tuesday, January 31, at his home in Nannyville, St Andrew. He was 71.
Born on September 17, 1940, the veteran toaster was influenced by Count Machuki, the original Jamaican deejay. And, by the late 1950s, King Stitt began deejaying on Sir Coxsone’s Downbeat Sound System.
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.
King Stitt’s best known work for Sir Coxsone is the ska album featuring trombonist Don Drummond titled Paradise Plum. Another outstanding album is Dancehall ’63 released in the late ’90s of King Stitt deejaying over old-school rhythms.