Henry Stone famously befriended James Brown in about 1955 in Macon, Georgia. Syd Nathan of King Records had called Stone up at his headquarters in Miami and told him to go up there and check out this hot song called “Please, Please, Please,” and to sign it for release on his DeLuxe label. Stone was of course beaten by one day by Ralph Bass who got the song on Federal Records. Stone and James Brown really hit it off though and that’s what he talks about in the video we have for you today. Here is Henry Stone being interviewed by Dick Gordon for his radio show, The Story.
Henry Stone will go down in history as the first to strike gold on a 12″ record. It’s a gimmick he came up with for the clubs and DJs that were springing up and looking for long and funky dance records with a ton of bass. Peter Brown’s “Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me?” matched all the criteria, and became a hit. The first 12″ dance record to sell over a million copies. Henry Stone kept this plaque up in his office to remind him of the achievement.
Did everybody get a chance to see the WLRN documentary on Deep City Records? Henry Stone was of course the force that came in after the label folded and took much of its talent to the heights of stardom. Willie Clarke, Betty Wright, Clarence Reid, and Little Beaver all came over to Stone’s operation and made the biggest moves of their careers. Anyway it’s a great movie about the first black owned label in the state of Florida and the adversity they overcame to become a major force in pioneering r&b soul music from the south. And of course, Henry Stone is a prominently featured character. Here’s a behind the scenes shot with the makers of the movie on the day they interviewed Henry at his Grove Isle headquarters in 2013.
It’s not long ago that Henry Stone had a great interview on a nationally syndicated FM radio show called The Story with Dick Gordon. The guy has interviewed over 2,000 amazing people, and after 8 years, his show has come to an end. I just want all the fans and friends of Henry Stone to check out the great piece they produced on Henry. Click this link to have a look and listen.
Everybody loves a big fat bouncing booty. Well, at least everyone who’s “All About That Ass” does. And that’s the newest song by Henry Stone Music’s own The Fly Boys.
These crazy guys have been making X-Rated song parodies since the 1980s, when they would sell them out of the trunk of their Fly Mobile outside of the Pac Jam in Liberty City every Saturday night.
Their filty and perverted music has garnered them a legend of diehard fans over the years, and now with their new single “All ABout That Ass,” a parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” they’re ready to unload all their goodness on the world once again.
Have you heard the song? Here’ watch this video and check it out.
Our local newspaper, the Miami New Times even picked up on the story and interviewed the group’s lead singer Dino Fly all about how he ended up in Miami, what inspired this song, and why he loves making dirty music in the first place. Click here to read the interview.
The Fly Boys always made Henry Stone laugh and that’s why this new song and upcoming album with Blowfly, the filthmaster himself, is gonna make you come with anticipation.
Have you bought the new Henry Stone’s Best of Little Beaver on iTunes yet? It’s a collection of great music by one of the world’s favorite guitarists.
Our local newspaper, the Miami New Times, recently caught up with Willie Hale aka Little Beaver to find out all about one of his most enduring songs, “Party Down,” a beautiful tribute to being young and carefree in the Miami, Florida in 1974.
It was a hit then, and it’s still a hit today. People all over the world still love and enjoy the feeling they get when they hear great music. And Little Beaver’s great music has stood the test of time. So do yourself a favor and check out his new album. If you’re an old fan, you’ll love it. And if it’s your first time hearing it, you’ll be a fan for life.
Little Beaver has inspired countless great musicians with his catchy rhythmic guitar lyrics and sinewy leads.
Henry Stone Music’s own Joe Stone recently spoke to Miami New Times about his history with the Miami Bass style of music.
Joe was instrumental to the genre through his work with L’Trimm with “Cars That Go Boom,” and Guci Crew II with “Sally That Girl,” as well as many other hits that came out on various Henry Stone labels from that era.
Even today those songs have been sampled and resampled, appeared on movie soundtracks, and in commercials and still make up an essentiali portion of our catalog to this day.
Here’s the first couple of lines from the article and a link so that you can go to the newspaper’s website and check it out for yourself.
“Miami is the undisputed world heavyweight champion of bass, and the globe’s leading progenitor of trunk rattle, rear-view shake, and total body thump.
The genre is a direct descendent of Pretty Tony’s freestyle productions, and Henry Stone’s earlier indie R&B Pop. It’s the single hardest electronic boom in the universe, and we’re proud.
Joe Stone, son of kingpin Henry, helped bring that hard-knock Miami bass baby into the world. And alongside a talented bevvy of behind-the-scenes players from Orlando to the MIA, he was there turning knobs and flipping switches to drop the first extended 808 kick that set it all off.”
Click the linke to read the rest of the article on Miami New Times
Henry Stone Presents The Little Beaver Song Book
01 Tears Of The World
02 Wish I Had A Girl Like You-Robert More
03 Mama Forgot To Tell Me
04 I Love The Way You Love
05 Wish I Had A Girl Like You-Japan
06 Don’t Let It End This Way
07 That’s How It Is
08 Give A Helping Hand
09 Miami Girl
10 Ain’t No Time
11 Little Girl Blue
12 I’ve Got To See You Tonight
13 He Don’t Ever Lose His Groove
14 I Love The Way You Love
15 I’ll Love You Forever Heart And Soul
16 Jealous Man
17 Jimmie Bo Charlie
19 Don’t Let It End This Way
20 Katie Pearl
Henry Stone’s Best Of Gwen McCrae
01 He Keeps Something Groovy Goin’ On
02 Move Me Baby
03 Tears On My Pillow
04 Rockin’ Chair
05 For Your Love
06 Your Love is Worse Than A Cold Love
07 90% Of Me Is You
08 It’s Worth The Hurt
09 He Don’t Ever Lose His Groove
10 Love Insurance
11 Please Don’t Go
12 Cradle Of Love
13 It Keeps On Raining
14 Let’s Straighten It Out 1
15 Tonight’s The Night
16 Jazz Freak 1
17 Rockin’ Chair (With A Taste Of Latimore)
Henry Stone’s Best Of Little Beaver
02 Party Times
03 Does Anybody Care
04 Party Down
05 Wish I Had A Girl Like You
06 Give A Helping Hand
07 I Like The Way You Do Your Thing
08 Mama Forgot To Tell Me
09 Miami Girl
10 Pretty Little Girl
11 I’m A Man Just Like You
12 Don’t Let It End This Way
13 When Was The Last Time
14 Everybody Has Some Dues To Pay
15 Thank You For My Life
16 That’s How It Is
17 Katie Pearl
12 Inch Disco Classics Vol.7
01 King Sporty & The Root Rockers – Get On Down
02 Johnny Harris – Odyssey Pt. 2
03 Ultra Funk – Indigo Country
04 Mad Dog Fire Department – Cosmic Funk
05 Lonnie Smith – For The Love Of It
06 Skyburst – What They’re Doing Downtown
07 Gail Eason – Have A Good Day
08 King Tutt – You’ve Got Me Hung Up
12 Inch Disco Classics Vol.6
01 Sherman Hunter – Dance To Freedom
02 Stevo – Pay The Price
03 The Controllers – I Can’t Turn The Boogie Loose
04 Eddie Horan – The Dancer
05 Jimmy McGriff – Tailgunner
06 Modern Sound Corporation – Safari
07 Modern Sound Corporation – Safari Pt.2
08 King Tutt – D-A-N-C-I-N’