Clarence Reid

Feb 252013

On February 19th, TK Records Greats Came Together at the Legendary Audiovision Studios to Film for the Upcoming Henry Stone Documentary

The gathering of some of the greatest artists in history was captured by Jake Katel of the Miami Miami New Times. Many of the greats were in attendance, including George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Latimore, Little Beaver, Chocolate Perry, Clarence Reid, Willy Clarke, Steve Alaimo, Joe Stone, and of course, the man himself, Henry Stone. The award-winning director of the film, Mark Moormann, was there with the whole Beacon Films crew.

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CAUTION! The Following Material is for Adult Audiences Only – Parental Advisory – Explicit Lyrics
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The Movie Premiere of The Weird World of Blowfly starring Clarence Reid Opens at O Cinema Miami on Thursday, September 29

All the Original Weird World Blowfly Releases are
Available on CD and Digital Download from Henry Stone Music.


Mar 282011

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1) Living Together is Keeping Us Apart
2) New York City
3) It’s Good Enough for Daddy
4) A Real Woman
5) Please Accept My Call Listen to a Sample Sample
6) The Truth
7) Ruby
8) Love Who You Can
9) Please Stay Home
10) Like Running Water Listen to a Sample Sample

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Mar 242011

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During the late 60s and through the 70s, Clarence Reid, singer, songwriter, talent scout, and producer for Henry Stone’s labels, was involved in just about every recording that came out of Stone’s Hialeah-based T.K. Studios. A book could and should be written about this gifted artist’s massive contribution to the Miami soul and dance scene. Available on the Funky Party CD.

Mar 112011

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1) The Best Part Of A Man Listen to a Sample Sample
2) Mr. Smith’s Wife
3) Come On With It
4) The Only Time She Loves Me
5) Baptize Me
6) Caution! Love Ahead
7) Down Where The Love Is
8) Sleep With Me
9) Nappy-Haired Cowboy Listen to a Sample Sample

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Mar 102011

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1) Cramp Your Style – All the People
2) Masterpiece – Clarence Reid
3) Save Me – James Knight
4) Funk On Ahh Roll – James Brown
5) I Like My Birdie – Leno Phillips
6) Keep It Up – Milton Wright
7) Stony Island Band – Stony Island Band
8) Come On Baby – Beginning of the End
9) 90% of Me is You – Vanessa Kendrick
10) Love Was Really Meant For You – Wizdom
11) Magician Man – Fats Gallon
12) Life Is A Beautiful Thing – Fats Gallon
13) My Uncle Funky – Chocolateclay

Video – “Cramp Your Style” by All The People

All The People ~ This is one of the best tracks from Robert “Miami” Moore. Cramp Your Style is a great funk track with a sound that hits you right from the start.

Clarence Reid ~ During the 60s and 70s, Clarence Reid, singer, songwriter, talent scout, and producer for Henry Stone’s labels, was involved in just about every recording that came out of Stone’s Hialeah-based Upstairs studio. Masterpiece is a heartfelt and poignant performance in which Reid brings a rich, vocal quality.

James Knight and the Butlers ~ James Knight is also called The Black Knight. He leads a tight combo with a raw, funky sound. You can hear Knight’s guitar leading the combo with great horns backing him up.

James Brown ~ James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, called Henry Stone his Godfather. Stone and Brown have been close friends since the beginning of Please, Please, Please. They formed the BrownStone record label and put out several releases over the years, including this great funky track, Funk On Ahh Roll.

Leno Phillips ~ Excellent funk from the Miami scene of the 70s, I Like My Birdie has a powerful, fast groove that you can feel right from the start.

Milton Wright ~ Milton Wright’s rare groove Keep It Up is one of the most unique soul songs of its generation. A grooving track with just a hint of funk and a deeply smooth vocal and some original rhythms that really make it special.

Stony Island Band ~ They took their name from the southside Chicago neighborhood that they grew up in. This track, that they named after the band, is late 70s funky soul with a male lead vocal, call-and-response chorus and a heavy rhythm lead by the guitars.

The Beginning of the End ~ This group from the Bahamas took the best part of the island rhythms and used them to create a whole new style of funk, with a bouncy sound that comes from some incredible guitar, bass and drums.

Vanessa Kendrick ~ The original version of this hot Gwen McCrae track, 90% Of Me Is You, the music is similar, heavy beats and lush strings, but the vocal is very different, smooth and sultry, almost ballad-like. If you are a fan of the cover, check out this original.

Wizdom ~ The late, great Anthony “Tony” Ward, lead guitarist on Wizdom, also played lead guitar on Anita Ward’s Ring My Bell. Tony was highly hyper and he would dance constantly while onstage. Tony’s band featured Walt Harris on lead vocals and drums. A great rare sweet, funky soul gem.

Fats Gallon ~ Fats Gallon, the son of well-known radio DJ “Wildman Steve”, has been on the road as a drummer, writer, arranger, and producer since he was 17. He has played for legendary groups such as Latimore, The Dells, Sly Stone, Betty Wright and many more. His solo tracks combine great energy with a wildly funky beat.

Chocolateclay ~Great Miami style Funk from the collaboration of George “Chocolate” Perry and Clay Cropper.

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Mar 102011

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1) Mr. Hot Pants – The Believers
2) Baby I Cried Cried Cried – Charles Johnson
3) Till I Get My Share – Clarence Reid
4) The Rub – George & Gwen McCrae
5) All This Love I’m Giving – Gwen McCrae
6) Don’t Waste My Time – Jerry Washington
7) Silence That You Keep – Milton Wright
8) Keep Her Happy – Phillip Wright
9) Funky Yolk – Arnold Albury
10) I’m So In Love With You – Wizdom
11) Doing Bad – Fats Gallon
12) I Ain’t Got Nothin’ To Say – Chocolateclay
13) Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Gwen McCrae
14) You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Gwen McCrae

The Believers ~ The Believers were originally James Brown’s backing band, the JB’s. When King Records decided they only wanted to release tracks by James Brown, not his band, Brown teamed with Floridian music mogul Henry Stone to create the BrownStone Label. Additional tracks were released on the label by Bobby Byrd, Vicki Anderson and others, but this track is the hardest and rarest.

Charles Johnson ~ This Alston track, Baby I Cried Cried Cried, the rarest 45 by Charles Johnson, is one of the best soul singles of the 70s.

Clarence Reid ~ Clarence Reid, singer, songwriter, talent scout, and producer for Henry Stone’s labels, was involved in just about every recording that came out of Stone’s Hialeah-based Upstairs studio. This is one of the funkiest grooves ever from Reid, a hard and heavy number.

George & Gwen McCrae ~ McCrae formed his own singing group, the Jivin’ Jets, before joining the U.S. Navy in 1963. Four years later, he reformed the group, with his wife Gwen joining the line-up, but soon afterwards they decided to work as a duo. George & Gwen were discovered in 1967 by singer Betty Wright, who helped get them signed to Stone’s Alston record label.

Gwen McCrae ~ Gwen McCrae, best known for her 1975 hit Rockin’ Chair, hails originally from Pensacola, Florida. After recording with her husband George, Gwen then won a solo contract for Henry Stone’s Alston label. George also went on to fame singing Rock Your Baby.

Jerry Washington ~ Jerry Washington’s 70s boogie club soul tune Don’t Waste My Time, originally on the Glades label, brings a tight groove and bass to Jerry’s improvised vocals backed by heavy drums.

Milton Wright ~ The brother of soul singer Betty Wright (of Clean-Up Woman fame), Milton has a more jazzy sound than many of his contemporaries. He brings his own acoustic guitar lines to the funky keyboards and rhythms.

Phillip Wright ~ Another brother of Betty Wright, brings this excellent funk from the Miami scene of the 70s, Keep Her Happy is an original number from Wright, with riffing guitar underneath strong horns, and a little bit of spicy keyboards on the breakdown with warmvocals over a classic funky groove.

Arnold Albury & The Casuals ~ Born 1940, Arnold “Hoss” Albury played keyboards and was an organist for the world-famous Marching 100 Band out of Miami. Arnold was a founding member of the group The Rising Sun, and recorded on three Dade 45s.

Wizdom ~ A great rare soul track with a sweet and soulful groove from the 1980s. Wizdom featured Anthony “Tony” Ward as the energetic lead guitarist and Walt Harris on lead vocals and drums.

Fats Gallon ~ Gallon played drums for legendary top entertainers such The Dell’s, Manhattan’s, Sly Stone, ChiLites, Latimore, Regina Bell, Betty Wright, and Millie Jackson. Amazing is the best adjective to qualify these tracks; soul, funk, p-funk and psyche are mixed and the mood is quite crazy.

Chocolateclay ~Great Miami style Funk from the collaboration of George “Chocolate” Perry and Clay Cropper.

BONUS Gwen McCrae ~ These two bonus tracks are fantastic renditions of these popular Stevie Wonder songs, You Are The Sunshine of My Life and Signed, Sealed, Delivered with Gwen’s signature sultry vocals.

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Mar 102011

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1. A Real Woman
2. Chicken Hawk
3. Funky Party Listen to a Sample Sample
4. I’m A Man Of My Word
5. I’m Gonna Do Something Good To You
6. Love Every Woman You Can
7. Masterpiece
8. Miss Hot Stuff
9. Ten Tons Of Dynamite Listen to a Sample Sample
10. That’s How It Is
11. Three Is A Crowd
12. Till I Get My Share
13. Winter Man
14. You Got To Fight

During the late 60s and through the 70s, Clarence Reid, singer, songwriter, talent scout, and producer for Henry Stone’s labels, was involved in just about every recording that came out of Stone’s Hialeah-based T.K. Studios. A book could and should be written about this gifted artist’s massive contribution to the Miami soul and dance scene.

Reid teamed up with Willie Clarke, a fellow Miami songwriter and producer. They decided to pay legendary South Florida record producer Henry Stone a visit. Stone, who had been turning out hits for years, decided to take Reid and Clarke under his wing and show them how to make hit records. He compared their records with the hottest soul single out at the time and stated, “If you can’t come close to that or do better, then you have to get out of the business!”

Reid and Clarke, determined to make hit records, spent hours learning the ropes from Stone, which paid off for everybody concerned. As talent scouts, it was Reid and Clarke who first discovered a 12-year-old singer named Betty Wright in a Liberty City record store in 1966. As first-time producers, Reid and Clarke turned out T.K.’s first national hit with Betty Wright singing their 1968 single “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.”

During the summer of 1969, Reid finally cracked the national charts with the Reid- and Clarke-penned “Nobody But You Babe,” which climbed all the way to No. 7 on the Billboard black charts. During the next 10 years, Reid released countless singles for Stone’s Alston label, several of which are on this CD.

It was Reid and Clarke who penned Betty Wright’s 1971 No. 2 R&B gold single “Clean Up Woman,” as well as “What Can I Tell her,” a hit for both Miami soul singers J. P. Robinson and Timmy Thomas. In 1975, Reid and Clarke wrote Gwen McCrae’s No. 1 R&B gold single “Rockin’ Chair.”

One of Reid’s finest compositions was “Jazz Freak,” recorded by Paulette Reaves in 1977. Near the end of the song, Reaves gives special thanks to producer and writer Clarence Reid, as well as other T.K. recording artists and studio musicians who played on this great recording. The T.K. musicians and artists mentioned include Little Beaver, Benny Latimore, Timmy Thomas, George “Chocolate” Perry, Ron Bogdan (bass player), Robert Fergeson (drummer) and Wildflower (backing vocal group).

During the 70s Reid went underground, only to resurface as masked recording artist Blowfly, writer and producer of highly X-rated party albums released on Stone’s Weird World label.

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Mar 102011

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1. Hey There Jim Listen to a Sample Sample
2. I Can’t Speak
3. If We Were Still Together
4. Clean Up Man
5. You’re So Good To Me
6. Rocket In The Pocket
7. Let’s Do It
8. Gimme Some
9. Get Happy
10. Don’t Worry About It
11. Music To Make Love By
12. It’s Your Sweet Love
13. Down The Road Of Love
14. On The Street Corner
15. If You Want My Love
16. Sweet Love Power

Jimmy Bo Horne was born September 28th, 1949 in West Palm Beach, Florida, close enough to Miami to call it home. After schooling at the local Roosevelt High School, Jimmy has been singing since his teens and professionally since his college years at Bethune Cookman. His innovative spirit brought Soul music on to a campus that previously was moved by Gospel music only.

Since his main studies in college were centered around sociology, it is little wonder that Jimmy takes humanity seriously, yet he is equally lighthearted in his style of living and a smile is rarely missing from his face. In truth, that smile has won him many battles, right back to his school days when he decided to take on the task of school joker as opposed to getting involved in the school fights. The comical gait is still with him today.

Anyone fortunate enough to see a Jimmy Bo Horne show will agree that he ranks as one of the greatest entertainers. He is a proficient singer and musician. In 1967, while still at college, Jimmy entered the golden gates of Henry Stone and was assigned to his Alston label.

His first release, “I Can’t Speak,” was penned by Clarence Reid and produced by Steve Alaimo and Brad Shapiro. Actually, the record was released on the Alston sister label, Dade, as was its successor, “Hey There Jim.” A third release was forthcoming in “Love Power,” but Jimmy went into a voluntary recording retirement until 1972 when he returned to the main Alston label with the follow up to betty Wright’s mammoth worldwide smash, “Clean Up Woman.” Jimmy’s was entitled “Clean Up Man” and it allowed him his first taste of success.

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Mar 082011

History of Henry Stone Music

Henry Stone, T.K. Office, Hialeah, Florida (1975)

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Born 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.

Later 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.

Ray Charles
Stone 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.

Otis Williams and the Charms
Stone 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.

Stone 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.

At the end of the decade, he formed two other labels, Glades and Marlin.

James Brown & Henry Stone

In 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. Many years later, Stone recorded Brown himself on his TK imprint: “Rapp Payback” in 1980 and “Stay With Me” in April 1981.

Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas & Clarence Reid
During 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.

For 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.”

K.C. & The Sunshine Band – 1977
With 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.

Richard Finch, Henry Stone & Harry Casey
While working at a record store, young Harry Wayne “KC” Casey came in contact with Tone Distributors and TK Records. KC began hanging around Tone/TK. Stone gave KC the double-duty job of sweeping floors and packing records for shipment in the warehouse. While packing records in 1972, KC met bassist and occasional recording engineer Richard Finch. The two teens formed a creative partnership. Stone let the young men work and experiment in the recording studio when it wasn’t booked and during after-midnight hours.

The two cut numerous demos on themselves, just jamming. KC felt an almost paternal connection to Stone, who reminded him of his father. Soon afterwards at a wedding reception for Clarence Reid in January 1973, KC was exposed to junkanoo, the highly festive, heavily rhythmic, horn-punctuated musical genre that originated in the Bahamas. Later while accompanying TK artist Timmy Thomas to a Washington, D.C., concert as his assistant and booking agent, KC got an idea for a song after hearing the audience approvingly blowing whistles. The song, “Blow Your Whistle,” was KC and Finch’s first professional recording and went to number 27 R&B in September 1973. While cutting a demo on one of their unrecorded original songs, KC and Finch decided that the song was in a key that was too high for KC’s singing range.

Steve Alaimo & Henry Stone
Stone and TK A&R man Steve Alaimo suggested that they give the song to singer George McCrae.

Henry Stone & George McCrae
Released in early summer 1974, “Rock Your Baby” rolled quickly up the charts, holding the number one spot on both the R&B and pop charts for two weeks during July 1974. The worldwide sales of “Rock Your Baby” totaled over six million singles. KC and the Sunshine Band’s second single, “Sound Your Funky Horn,” did a little better than their first, going to number 21 R&B in February 1974. With an approving nod from TK, KC and Finch brought in lead guitarist Jerome Smith, drummer Robert Johnson, and conga player Femin Goytisolo.

The band’s debut LP Do It Good garnered little attention in the U.S. but took off in Europe due in part to “Queen of Clubs,” which was a Top Ten hit in both England and Germany. A band was hastily assembled for a European tour in 1975 and expanded to include eight more musicians and singers. The fourth single, “Get Down Tonight,” took off, hitting number one R&B in April 1975 and held the number one pop for two weeks in August 1975.

Their second album, KC and the Sunshine Band, was released in July 1975. To capitalize on the band’s success, TK released instrumental singles by the Sunshine Band. An instrumental album, The Sound of Sunshine, was released in 1979. “That’s the Way I Like It,” another single from their self-titled album, echoed the success of “Get Down…,” hitting both number one R&B and pop in 1975. The LP went multi-platinum.

In 1976, the band won five Grammys. “(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty” was the group’s third number one hit, topping the R&B charts for a month during July. The mega-platinum-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack included KC and the Sunshine Band’s “Boogie Shoes.” The band selling tens of millions of records brought prestige to the little independent record label based in Hialeah, FL, no doubt bolstering other acts on the label.

Other TK Top Ten hits from that period include: Little Beaver’s (aka Willie Hale) “Party Down” and Peter Brown’s “Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me,” “Dance With Me,” and “Crank It Up (Funk Town) Pt. 1.”

In 1979, crooner Bobby Caldwell signed with TK Records. It seemed an odd signing at the time, as the label was the home to disco/soul/blues-oriented artists and Caldwell was a jazzy, romantic balladeer. No matter, since Caldwell’s first single, “What You Won’t Do for Love,” climbed to number six R&B and number nine pop in the fall of 1978. Several tracks from his albums were in heavy rotation on R&B-oriented FM stations. Later, Caldwell and his manager Henry Marx started Sindrome Records, buying the rights from TK and reissuing the albums and new Caldwell material perfectly suited for the smooth jazz radio format.

Anita Ward
TK also struck gold with Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell.” Written and produced by artist Frederick Knight (“I’ve Been Lonely So Long”), “Ring My Bell” rung its way up to the number one R&B spot in just six weeks and stayed there for five weeks. The catchy track stayed at number one pop for two weeks during summer 1979. “Ring My Bell” started a trend with its use of a “boingy” syndrome with several acts duplicating the sound on numerous records that came after it. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince did a million-selling Top Twenty R&B/pop cover of the tune in 1991.

Gwen MacCrae
George McCrae’s wife Gwen MacCrae had three hits: “For Your Love,” the number one R&B “Rockin’ Chair,” and “Love Insurance.”

Rock group Foxy’s “Get Off” was number one R&B for two weeks in summer 1978.

Around the end of the ’70s, KC and Finch and TK began to have conflicts. Some say that this was reflected in the relatively poor chart showings of their releases. Of course, it also could have meant that public tastes were changing. The title track of KC and the Sunshine Band’s fifth album Do You Wanna Go Party (June 1979) went to number eight R&B in 1979…. Ed HoganAMG Biography

In addition to being one of the more colorful characters in the biz, he’s one of the last independent label executives still standing who was totally in the mix with many of the heavyweight labels owners and artists from the 40s, 50s and 60s (label heads including Syd Nathan, George Goldner, the Bihari Brothers, Ewart Abner, the Erteguns, Jerry Wexler, Hy Weiss, Morris Levy, etc…). What can I say? From blues to R&B, doo-wop, soul, funk, disco and rap, this dude’s been AROUND!

Stone began his career in the music industry in 1948 selling vinyl out of the trunk of his car to jukebox operators and along the way worked as a producer, promoter, talent scout, distributor and label owner.

In the early 70s, Stone was pivotal in launching the the disco sound via his T.K. and Marlin labels. Over the years he also owned or had an interest in Alston, Dade, Glades, Deep City, Saadia, Rockin’, Chart, CAT, Deluxe, Deep City, Reid’s World and many more (much of this is well documented in the excellent liners for the recent Soul Jazz “Miami Sound” comp).

Stone also worked with James Brown, Hank Ballard, Sam & Dave, Ray Charles, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Gwen and George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Betty Wright, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, L’Trimm, The 2 Live Jews and tons more.

Special thanks to DJ Monica LynchWFMU 91.1 FM Radio – NYC for writing the above text. She conducted an interview with living legend, Henry Stone that aired Friday, June 27th, Noon – 3pm. The show will be archived for future internet listening.
RealAudio stream.

Henry Stone is an Honorary Member of the Disco DJ Hall of Fame™ and a member of the Disco Hall of Fame™.