Winston Francis

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Winston Francis
Also known asKing Cool
Born1943 (age 79–80)
OriginKingston, Jamaica
GenresRocksteady, Reggae
Years active1965–present

Winston Francis (born 1943) aka Mr Fix It is a Jamaican singer whose career began in the 1960s.


Born in Kingston in 1943, Francis served an apprentice as a printer before relocating to Miami at the age of 16.[1] He attended music school, and his teacher Chuck Bird arranged for him to perform with the Jackie Gleason Orchestra in front of Spiro Agnew in 1965.[1] He then joined Carlos Malcolm's Afro Jamaicans band, with whom he toured the US and the Caribbean. He was also a member of The Sheridans (with Pat Kelly) In the late 1960s he recorded as a solo artist for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One label, with his debut album Mr. Fix-It released in 1969.[2] This was followed by a second album, California Dreaming in 1971, with the title track released as a single and chosen as 'Hit Pick of the Week' for two weeks running by Tony Blackburn on his BBC Radio 1 show.[3] The single's B-side, "Too Experienced", featured backing vocals from Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer.[1] He relocated to the UK that year. He toured the UK club circuit and recorded for EMI in the 1970s.[1]

In 1972, Francis recorded "Blue Moon". The song peaked at number 34 in Australia in February 1973.[4]

After a period of inactivity, Francis returned to recording in the early 1980s, releases including the Roy Cousins-produced Just Once. After a break from music when he worked as a youth worker and social worker, he returned in 1987 as a backing vocalist for The Melodians and began working with Trevor Star and the Skaticians.[1] He continued to record in the 1990s, working with Dennis Bovell under the name King Cool, and releasing Ragga Love and Sweet Rock Steady, and guested on Kelly's 1995 album Butterflies.[2] His version of Ben E King's "Stand by Me" was a hit in France, selling over 90,000 copies, leading to work with Sly & Robbie and John Kpiaye.[1] In 2003 he teamed up with fellow veteran AJ Franklin to record the album Stand Firm. In 2004 he released the medley album Feel Good All Over.[5]


  • Mr. Fix-It (1969), Coxsone
  • California Dreaming (1971), Bamboo
  • Just Once (198?), Tamoki-Wambesi
  • Ragga Love (199?), Soul Beat
  • Sweet Rock Steady (1997), LKJ
  • Feel Good All Over (2004), Jet Star
  • Peace, Love & Harmony (2007), Soulove
  • Mr. Fix-It/California Dreaming

as King Cool[edit]

  • His Majesty Requests (1995), BMG France

Francis & Franklin[edit]

  • Stand Firm (2003), Definite


  • Winston Francis Meets Rude Rich and the High Notes (2008)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 102-3
  2. ^ a b Prato, Greg "Winston Francis Biography", AllMusic, retrieved 2010-12-26
  3. ^ "Winston Francis", LKJ Records, retrieved 2010-12-26
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 117. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ Leggett, Steve "Feel Good All Over Review", AllMusic, retrieved 2010-12-26

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