Henry Stone first met James Brown in about 1954, when King Records founder Syd Nathan told both him and Ralph Bass to race to Macon, 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 for Federal Records (a King subsidiary). But the funkiest man in the history of music and Stone connected the next day, becoming lifelong friends. The James Brown movie won't include Henry, but it damn well should.
Today is Henry Stone's 93rd birthday. He was born in the Bronx on June 3, 1921. He moved to Miami in 1948. And he has lived here ever since, becoming the greatest living figure of independent Miami music
Happy birthday Stone! Here's what the razor-sharp 93 year old had to say the Saturday before his cumpleaños.