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Henry Stone Music - Page 1 of 3
Stone, T.K. Office, Hialeah, Florida (1975)
June 3, 1921, in the Bronx, NY, Henry Stone began playing the
trumpet in his teens, inspired by jazz great Louis Armstrong.
Later at a military camp in New Jersey, he played in bands. After
being discharged in 1946, he began selling records out of the
back of his car in Los Angeles.
he became a 78 rpm record salesman for the Bihari Brothers' Modern
Records, selling to jukebox owners throughout California.
He was not solely employed by them as a salesman. He did sell
for them but also had his own things going on the side... one
of which was the 'Indi Index', the forerunner to the 'Phono-Log'.
In 1952, he established his own recording studio, Crystal Recording
Company, and started a blues label, Rockin', and a gospel music
label, Glory, in Florida. A big hit on Glory was Rev. A. Johnson's
God Don't Like It.
did some pre-stardom recording with Ray Charles at his Flagler
Street Studio, in Miami, Florida. The resulting songs were released
on Rockin and Delux labels.
Williams and the Charms
leased some of his labels' other releases to DeLuxe Records. Most
notable was the Cincinnati, OH, vocal group Otis Williams and
the Charms. Originally recording for Stone's Rockin' label in
1953, the group scored a few hits: "Hearts of Stone"
(number one R&B for nine weeks); "Ling, Ting, Tong"
(number five R&B) and its flip side, "Bazoom (I Need
Your Lovin')," which went to number five R&B in January
1955; and "Two Hearts," which hit number eight R&B
in March 1955.
formed Chart Records in 1955 and two music publishing companies,
Pelican and Sherlyn. His roster included the Champions, the Evergreens,
and bandleader/pianist Sonny Thompson.
the end of the decade, he formed two other labels, Glades and
1960, Stone cut "(Do The) Mashed Potatoes" by Nat Kendrick
and the Swans for the Dade label. The group was James Brown's
backup band, the JBs, and scored a number eight R&B hit in
February of that year.
Brown & Henry Stone
years later, Stone recorded Brown himself on his TK imprint: "Rapp
Payback" in 1980 and "Stay With Me" in April 1981.
Wright, Timmy Thomas & Clarence Reid
the late '60s, Stone began Alston Records, signing Betty Wright,
Timmy Thomas, and Clarence Reid. Wright's "Clean Up Woman"
was a gold number two R&B/number six pop hit single in November
1971. Reid's biggest hit was "Nobody but You Babe,"
a number seven R&B hit in July 1969.
Stone's Glades label, Benny Latimore aka Latimore hit with the
late-night blues anthem "Let's Straighten It Out," which
stayed at number one R&B for two weeks in September 1974.
The singer/songwriter also broke the R&B Top Ten with "Keep
the Home Fire Burnin'" and "Something 'Bout 'Cha."
& The Sunshine Band - 1977
the signing of KC and the Sunshine Band to his TK label, Stone
found his pot of gold (and platinum) at the end of the rainbow.
The band racked up five number one pop singles, four number one
R&B singles, and gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums.
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