Famous for his Billboard #24 hit "Lonely for You," Stites also released a Top 100 single titled "Starry Eyed." He was active primarily during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
He released his first full-length recording in 1960 on the Carlton Records label.
Michael Holliday's cover of Stites' song "Starry Eyed" rose to the top of United Kingdom music charts.
He was born in Denver, Colorado.
His most famous song, "Lonely for You," is melodically very similar to Conway Twitty's earlier hit "It's Only Make Believe."