19 September 1943
Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica
5 January 2015 (aged 71)
King Sporty, born Noel Williams, was one of the original Jamaican street DJ's who rose to the role of studio sidemen at Sir Coxsone's Studio One. His most recognizable contribution in this role was inspiring the coda of Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier, which incidentally is remarkably similar to the Banana Splits theme song. He produced several notable Reggae tracks and "versions".
This is incorrect, Bob added the "coda" to the King's original great song. The fact that the author of this even mentioned banana splits in a "biography" of the King is insulting. This song was written long ago and if Bob added anything it wasn't by way of a cartoon.
When Sporty left Jamaica for Florida, he founded Tashamba/Konduko Records and began producing Jamaican influenced Soul, Funk, and Disco initially, but when Hip-Hop dawned in Florida, he switched gears to also produce Electro and Miami Bass. He earned a great deal of fame as being one of the first Florida based producers to create an Electro track in 1982 with his song "Haven't Been Funked Enough" (credited to the Ex Tras & J Griffin).
His most popular record to date was his production of Connie Case's "Get on Down", which notably appeared on the "Disco Not Disco" compilation at the dawn of the millenium, introducing Sporty's work to a new generation. This version was actually a cover of his own 1979 version.
Sporty was married to Floridian Soul diva Betty Wright for many years, but they have since split.
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Once again, unless you have personal knowledge of a person, it is wrong to even mention this.
Together, they recorded a great deal of Electro reocrds in the 1980's under names such as "Fashion Funktion" and "Extra Funk Factory". In 1986, he was one of the first producers to morph his work into Miami Bass, most notably producing Smoove Matty Matt's "Rappin' Wrestling" and The Youth MC's "Funky Fresh Beat".
After many years off, Noel returned to producing Electro and his Sporty moniker with his track "Computer Age" credited to 'Sporty and the Laptop'. Little has been heard of him since.
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The King is still very active in the music writing and publishing business. Please google him and check out his New Music.
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