"Bass Rock Express" was the first international Miami bass hit, and it opened the floodgates for the rush of quad-heavy records that followed. The song was co-produced, engineered, arranged, and vocalized by Amos Larkins II for MC ADE, and William "Billy" Hines on 4-Sight Records in 1985. Amos prod ... More >>
Henry Stone first met James Brown in about 1955, when King Records founder Syd Nathan told both him and Ralph Bass to race to Augusta, Georgia, to sign the R&B singer to a record deal. Bass got there a day before Stone and inked the contract with James Brown. But the funkiest man in the history of ... More >>
Pretty Lights is launching his new live show in Miami, as part of this weekend's two-night Basslights stand, featuring the kind of set that has never before been attempted in the history of live music production. The Colorado buddha head will be bringing, along with his five-piece band, an analog s ... More >>
In the 1970's TK Productions was 10 times more powerful than Cash Money Records is today. Company President Henry Stone had more artists, more hits, greater distribution, and more sales. But when 1980 hit it all came crashing down and the company went bankrupt. One of his first million selling rec ... More >>
In 1975, Willie Clarke won a Grammy for his work on Betty Wright's "Where Is The Love". It's one of many hits he wrote in the '70s for the biggest independent record company in the world, Henry Stone's TK Productions, out of Hialeah. But Clarke's recording career began in the 1960s, when he and a c ... More >>
In the 1970s, Miami's TK Productions sold hundreds of millions of records around the world. Yes, hundreds of millions of records around the world. They were all cut in a tiny eight-track studio in Hialeah by a close-knit team of musicians and songwriters. The family worked together on each oth ... More >>
Last week, Miami soul queen Betty Wright opened up about her recent collaborative album with the Roots, Betty Wright: The Movie; her unlikely friendship with Lil Wayne and Birdman; and the meaning of Mother's Day, which she'll honor this year with a co-headlining show at the James L. Knight Center w ... More >>
Betty Wright should need no introduction, especially in Miami. The lifelong 305 resident has been making records in South Florida since 1956 when she sang on an album from her family's gospel band, Echoes of Joy, at age two. A veteran solo act by her late teens, Wright became one of R&B's top fe ... More >>
Thousands are expected to show up at Bayfront Park this weekend for a planned hometown rally to remember slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is organizing the rally, and Rev. Jesse Jackson and singer Chaka Kahn are scheduled to attend.
To close out the year, Crossfade is picking its favorite albums by 305 artists. Check out the full list of Miami's Best Albums of 2011. Betty Wright With The Roots The Movie (Ms. B Records/S-Curve Records) Betty Wright's status as the queen of Miami soul has never been in question.
Overtown once rocked with the sounds and soul of musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie. A hotbed of music and culture, Overtown's heyday has passed, but not entirely. This neighborhood just northwest of downtown Miami is being revitalized, with help from Amy Rosenberg ... More >>
Maybe you haven't heard his obscene lyrics or witnessed his outlandish shows. But trust us, you love Blowfly. He's the filthy soul uncle of Miami. And appropriately, Clarence "Blowfly" Reid is 69 years old. Dressed to impress in a crazy superhero Lucha Libre getup, he's not only a local hero. He's ... More >>
Betty Wright is a legendary, Grammy-winning, Miami-based singer-songwriter who has released 16 albums.She scored her first big hit in the '70s at the age of 17 with the million-selling "Cleanup Woman." Later, she became the first black woman to release a gold record on her own label. In hip ... More >>
In this video, CNN's Larry King interviews James Brown and they talk about Henry Stone, the man who made Miami a global musical force. Stone was the first person to sign James Brown, and among the first people to record Ray Charles. As a major distributor of black music in Miami, starting in the '5 ... More >>
The soul great Betty Wright is one of Miami's best not-so-well-kept secrets. Starting out as a gospel singer with a family group, in the mid-1960s Wright switched over to R&B. Her robust mid-range belting and knack for picking funky beats and melodies made her a hit, and Wright quickly racked up ... More >>
The original nasty rapper celebrates his 70th at PS14.
It looks like Miami's favorite bachelor is trading in his players card for a wedding ring. According to a story in People magazine, as of this week, former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell married his 27-year-old sweetheart, Kristin Thompson and the couple are currently celebrating ... More >>
The annual Bahamian festival heats up Coconut Grove.
She's young, beautiful, and mad about her muse, but that doesn't mean Joss Stone doesn't get the blues
Miami's musical past is mined and polished by an archival label
Fort Lauderdale's Urban Mystic is a young R&B star with an old soul
Voices raised in Betty's name
Erykah Badu at Level
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Viaje Infinito "Maverick Musica"
The Lord picked up Revelation S.E.E.D. and dropped the good word right into the hands of Evander Holyfield
Miami's Grammy Booty
Bob Marley tribute, Mark Lanegan
Miramar's Grady Champion has got the blues
Why is Miami's archbishop using a piece of waterfront public land as his own personal property? Because he can.
Miami's soul-music era may be over, but singers like Bobby Stringer are struggling to revive the genre
First came teen superstardom, then years of troubled obscurity. Now Betty Wright is seeking to balance music, family, and faith.