King Stitt, born Winston Cooper or Winston Sparkes (1939-2012) was a Jamaican DJ. King Stitt was 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. Count Machuki, the original Jamaican deejay, noticed him for his dancing and offered him to try his hand on the mic.