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Henry Stone: Legendary Soul

7 years ago by Jacob Katel
Overtown, 1950. Henry Stone sits in the lobby of the Mary Elizabeth Hotel, a classy joint with a lounge, several bars, and a concert hall. He's chopping it up with his buddy Sam Cooke, whom he's known since his gospel days with the Soul Stirrers. They're sitting at the bar...
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Henry Stone Talks Turning 93

5 years ago by Jacob Katel
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...
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The Record Man Documentary: "Henry Stone's Story Is the Story of Miami Music History"

5 years ago by Jacob Katel
From 1948 to 2014, Henry Stone ruled the Florida music industry with an iron fist, a wad of cash, and a warehouse full of vinyl. Whether forming a label with James Brown or racking up as many back to back number-one Billboard pop hits as the Beatles, he made his...
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RIP Henry Stone, King of Independent Records, Dead at 93

5 years ago by Jacob Katel
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 distribution. In the 1970s,...
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DJ Le Spam and HistoryMiami Team Up to Save Rare Henry Stone Recordings

4 years ago by Abel Folgar
“For years I have helped out Henry Stone, Joe Stone, and others with transfers of rare records,” says Andrew Yeomanson from his City of Progress studio in North Miami. “Once people found out I was running old tape machines, they started to come forward looking for transfers of older recordings.”...
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Free Events This Week in Miami: FilmGate Miami, Henry Stone, and Jelly Wednesdays

4 years ago by Shelly Davidov
To say the past couple weeks have been rough would be an understatement. The Florida legislature once again denied the LGBT community basic nondiscrimination protections, Donald Trump won South Carolina's GOP primary, and The Grammys were a total toss up. Though we can't guarantee a total turnaround this week, Miami's...
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Henry Stone's TK Disco, Alston Records Ink Deal for Worldwide Vinyl of Entire Catalogs

5 years ago by Jacob Katel
Vinyl is mothafunkin' back, baby! And soon, the Miami sounds of soul, funk, and disco, as globalized by the late great Henry Stone, will be coming to a store near you. Joe Stone has just inked a deal with U.K.-based Above Board Distribution to manufacture and distribute the entire TK...
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TK Records Reunites for Henry Stone Documentary With George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Latimore, Little Beaver, and Others

7 years ago by Jacob Katel
In the 1970s, Miami's Henry Stone and TK Productions sold hundreds of millions of records around the world. Yes, hundreds of millions of records around the world.  TK was a humble eight-track studio in Hialeah operated by a close-knit team of musicians and songwriters. The family worked together on each...
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Godfather of Soul James Brown Talks About Godfather of the Miami Sound, Henry Stone

10 years ago by Jacob Katel
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...
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The Genius of Henry Stone and Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together"

6 years ago by Jacob Katel
Timmy Thomas is in a Hialeah warehouse slapping palms with a Cuban Santero named Oba Frank Lords. In the back room, there's an altar with a straw-hatted guajiro sculpture set down beside a sacrificial blade. Up front, in a 12-foot-by-12-foot production studio equipped with little more than a computer, keyboard,...

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