Everybody reading this, immediately go to Amazon and buy a copy of the new book Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and The Sunshine Band by John Capouya.
Years of meticulous research including primary source interviews with legendary figures such as Henry Stone went into the making of this book, which will see full academic and commercial distribution from the University of Florida Press.
John Capouya is a lifelong journalist, and teaches at the University of Tampa. He moved to Tampa from New York City, and when he got here, he didn’t know about all the popular and independent music that was made here. Well, now he does, and he’s telling the world!!
Capouya says, “I first heard of Henry Stone from RJ Smith, author of the James Brown biography ”The One.’’ He knew Henry was instrumental in JB’s early success and that they remained lifelong friends.
As I researched my book it became clear very quickly that Mr. Stone was a hugely important figure in the history of soul music in Florida. The first time I spoke with Henry, he told me: ‘I am the story of soul here!’’ And since he recorded everyone from Ray Charles to early Sam and Dave to Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas and so many others, all the way to KC and the Sunshine Band, he wasn’t too far off.”
Henry Stone is practically the main character in the book, second only to the music itself, which is venerated with every word on page.
Just look at the cover, that’s George “Chocolate” Perry on bass guitar; superimposed over an image of Johnny’s Records in LIberty City. That’s what you call Florida Soul.
One of Henry Stone’s recording artists, Timmy Thomas, will appear and perform with John Capouya, the author of Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band, at Books&Books in Coral Gables, 7-8 pm, Monday, Sept 25. 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables FL 33134 Phone: 305-442-4408 Capouya will talk about his book and Florida’s rich soul heritage, and Thomas will sing “Why Can’t We Live Together’’ and other hits, live.
From 1946 to 2014, Henry Stone ruled the Florida music industry with an iron fist, a brick of cash, and a warehouse full of vinyl. HSM is the last of over one hundred record labels he personally founded. This record label includes works from every decade in his sixty-five year career right up until today. Licensing available for film, samples, advertising, movies, video games, and more. Family owned and operated.