Henry Stone Talks Roulette Records, Sam & Dave, and Henry Glover

“Henry Glover joined Roulette Records when he lived in New York. He hooked up with Morris Levy and did some A&R work for the label. He was a good producer. In fact, I gave him Sam and Dave to produce. I hooked Henry Glover up with Sam & Dave for Roulette. [Note Henry Stone’s publishing company, Sherlyn, as well as Alaimo, and Glover as songwriter and producer on the above record). This is before Jerry Wexler signed them to Atlantic Records. We cut some sides for Roulette with Henry Glover, then I hooked them up with Wexler.

Steve Alaimo wrote “No More Pain.” And we did some Sam & Dave for Alston Records.

Locally you can only do so much. That’s why I made deals with the major record companies. To take them to the next level like I did with “Cleanup Woman,” “Funky Nassau.”  What happened through my distribution company Tone Distributing, is that I used to give these masters that I had that were hot to Atlantic, I would lease them up for national distribution, and then I would distribute them myself in Florida, New York, Chicago, Philly, Detroit, and other places through my cronies at the one-stops. They were my buddies yknow. I had a very good relationship with Atlantic. And even though the other distributors were a little pissed off with me sometimes, they knew my relationship and that’s the way it was yknow. So that’s what happened with Sam and Dave meeting Jerry, real real early, in the 60s I guess.”

  • From a 2013 interview with Henry Stone. ©Jacob Katel and ©Henry Stone Music USA Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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