Willie Clarke

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Blowfly's Top Ten Contributions to Music

    Blowfly, otherwise known as Clarence Reid, is more than just the world's first recorded rapper, a smooth-singing soul crooner, and a sex prophet for profit. He is living proof of Miami's global relevance to the world of music. And there are not many people who know Blowfly as well as manager, drumm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Little Beaver on "Party Down": "Drugs, Beautiful Women, and Life Was Carefree"

    Jay Z once cut Little Beaver a $60,000 check to sample "Party Life" for the movie American Gangster. The artist also known as Willie Hale is a Miami guitarist so legendary that Jaco Pastorius, called the greatest electric bass player of all time, used to hang out at the TK Records studio in Hialeah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    RIP Henry Stone, King of Independent Records, Dead at 93

    Henry Stone, king of the record business, passed away peacefully August 7, 2014, in Miami. Throughout almost 80 years of wildly prolific musical activity, the 93-year-old had a hand in every aspect of the music business and was a true pioneer of independent manufacturing, promotion, and distributio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Willie Clarke on the Rise and Fall of TK Records

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Willie Clarke on the Rise of Deep City Records

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Willie Clarke, Miami Independent Music Pioneer, Talks Growing Up in Overtown

    Miami independent music pioneer Willie Clarke is a Grammy winner whose music has been sampled by Beyonce. In the mid 1960s, he and a college buddy named Johnny Pearsall started a label called Deep City, based out of Johnny's Records in Liberty City. It was the first independent, black-owned record ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    City of Gold

    Miami's musical past is mined and polished by an archival label

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Hunk of Burning Funk

    Buddha Gonzalez searches for his fame and fortune in Miami's strip clubs

  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Fly Off the Wall

    A founder of the Miami Sound buzzes back into town

  • News

    January 13, 1993

    Wright Reborn

    First came teen superstardom, then years of troubled obscurity. Now Betty Wright is seeking to balance music, family, and faith.