BORN: 17 SEPT 1940
DIED: JAN 31,2012
Born on September 17, 1940, King Stitt was given the nickname ‘Stitt’ as a boy and used it as his moniker. During the 1960s, he was dubbed ‘King of the Deejays’ the ‘King’ was added. King Stitt took advantage of his facial malformation and called himself The Ugly One, in reference to the Sergio Leone western movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Influenced by Count Machuki, the original Jamaican deejay, King Stitt began deejaying on Sir Coxsone’s Downbeat Sound System in the late 1950s.
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.
His 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. King Stitt — whose real name is Winston Spark — died at 1:15 pm at his home in Nannyville, St Andrew, januari 30th. No cause was given for his death Upon returning from a tour of Brazil last October, King Stitt became ill and spent approximately two months in Kingston Public Hospital before being discharged.