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Dec 052013
 

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Lookout Wynwood! Mysterious Henry Stone street art posters have been taking over the neighborhood as Art Basel Miami 2013 descends on the city.

We don’t know who the crusaders putting these up are, but it’s good to know that as the eyes of the world are upon Miami this week, that the creator of the Miami Sound of music will be recognized too.

If you don’t know, Henry Stone is a pioneer in R&B, soul, funk, disco, dance, and hip hop music. He produced the first version of The Twist, and wrote a song covered by Frank Sinatra. He was friends with Leonard Chess, and the first distributor for Atlantic Records.

From recording Ray Charles in a warehouse on Flagler street in 1951, to discovering Sam&Dave, Betty Wright, Little Beaver, Latimore, George McCrae, KC & The Sunshine Band, Timmy Thomas, Blowlfy, Willie Clarke, and many more, Henry Stone is a giant in the world of modern music history.

From being James Brown’s Godfather, to selling hundreds of millions of records around the globe, Henry Stone has never lost the flavor of the streets of the City of Miami, and now they bear his face in tribute to that legacy.

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Oct 142013
 

On October 12, 2013, at the newly renovated Milander Performance Center, over 1200 disco fans gathered for one big night of the Miami Disco Fever Reunion! Organized by long-time promoter Charlie Rodriguez and hosted by popular radio DJ Leo Vela, the night featured performances from some of the biggest names in disco, including George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne, as well as a KC and the Sunshine Band tribute by the Old Skool Gang.

Henry Stone, the legendary founder of TK Records and many other labels, received a proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Hialeah, Carlos Hernandez. Mayor Hernandez is himself a big fan of TK Records and joined in with the people who packed the dance floor throughout the night. The day of October 12, 2013 was proclaimed as the official TK Records Day in Hialeah.

Henry Stone’s labels throughout the 1970s cranked out hundreds of hot tracks and included over 25 gold and platinum records, all from a little studio in the upstairs of his distributor warehouse in Hialeah. Some of his biggest acts included George McCrae on TK Records, KC and the Sunshine Band on on TK Records, Latimore on Glades, Bobby Caldwell on Clouds, Gwen McCrae on Cat, Foxy on on Dash, Jimmy “Bo” Horne on Sunshine Sound, Anita Ward on Juana, Timmy Thomas on Glades, Betty Wright on Alston, T-Connection on Dash, Peter Brown on Drive and too many more to list. Dozens of artists passed through his doors throughout his 60+ years in the music business and Henry’s impact on both the music and the business has been felt throughout the world.

The Miami Disco Fever Reunion on October 12, 2013 was a fitting tribute to a man who has done so much for the music business.

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Photos Courtesy Jake Katel

Oct 142013
 

October 12, 2013 Proclaimed TK Records Day in Hialeah, Florida

The Miami Disco Fever Reunion took place on October 12, 2013 at the Milander Performing Arts Center in Hialeah. Organized by Charlie Rodriguez Live Entertainment and hosted by Leo Vela, several TK Disco artists performed including George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Jimmie Bo Horne, and the Old Skool Gang did a KC and the Sunshine Band tribute.

Henry Stone received a proclamation from City of Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez declaring it TK Records Day! Well over 1000 people danced and partied the night away to some of the best music from the 70s disco era. Full text of the proclamation below the image.

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Proclamation
Whereas: The City of Hialeah is proud to recognize TK Records. This record company was an American record label started by record distributor Henry Stone in Miami, Florida. TK Records is one of several labels that he founded in the 1960s and 1970s. It distributed disco star KC and the Sunshine Band until 1981.

Whereas: TK Records is closely associated with soul/R&B and the early rise of Disco music, being the label on which the second bona fide disco song (after the Hues Corporation’s “Rock The Boat”) to reach #1 on the pop music charts was released. Other artists who had an impact on the label or on one of its many subidiary labels include Betty Wright (on Alston), Benny Latimore (Glades), Peter Brown (Drive), Foxy, Kracker (Dash), Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne (Sunshine Sound), Timmy Thomas (Glades), Gwen McCrae (Cat), T-Connection (Dash), Bobby Caldwell (Clouds), and Anita Ward (Juana). Within a couple of years, TK’s notability in disco music would be surpassed by other labels, such as Casablanca Records and RSO Records, but, in the early years, TK was undoubtedly in the top tier of the disco genre.

Now, Therefore: I, Carlos Hernandez, Mayor of the City of Hialeah, under the power and authority vested in me, do hereby solemnly proclaim this Saturday, 12th day of October, 2013, as:

TK Records Day

In Hialeah, and urge our more than 225,000 residents to join me in honoring this event.
In Witness Whereof, I have herunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of Hialeah to be affixed this 12th day of October 2013.

Carlos Hernandez
Mayor

Oct 032013
 

Top 10 KC & The Sunshine Band Hits from TK Records

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KC and The Sunshine Band are one of the world’s most popular musical groups. With 2 songs on the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack, 9 Grammy nominations, 3 Grammy awards, 5 Billboard #1 pop singles, and incredibly influential dance music staples like “Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty),” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Keep It Comin Love,” and “That’s The Way I Like It,” to name a few, their music has been a worldwide sensation since first hitting the mainstream in the 1970′s.

The group was born in Hialeah, FL from the combination of  label owner Henry Stone’s industry prowess, the open door policy that kept his company full of Miami’s most talented musicians, the teamwork between young engineer Rick Finch, and songwriter Harry Wayne Casey (KC for short), and the influence of Caribbean rhythms on dancey, bass heavy American r&b.

Here are KC & The Sunshine Band’s Top 10 Hits on Henry Stone’s TK Records.

10. Please Don’t Go

In 1980, this smooth ballad was a worldwide number one hit. Women from Kansas City to Tokyo fell hard for the pleading vocals and bought literally tons of copies of it.

9. Keep It Comin Love

You may have heard this song in the soundtrack to the movies Howard Stern’s Private Parts (1997), Blow (2001), Inside Deep Throat (2005), Wedding Crashers (2005), and Freak Out (2006). The track was very popular thanks to its driving beat and sexual double entendres.

8. Queen Of Clubs

It was a number one record in the UK. The band supported it out there playing 2 or 3 shows a night. Steve Alaimo took him out there. And it was recorded before all the big #1 pop hits.

7. Sound Your Funky Horn

This was one of the early recordings too before the big hits. KC and his little junkanoo band played it at one of Clarence Reid’s weddings. Not too many people know about it, but it’s a good little record. It came out on Jay Boy Records in the UK. Clarence Reid co-wrote it with KC.

6. That’s The Way I Like It

This single from KC & The Sunshine Band’s second album is one of only a few pop hits in history to go #1 on the charts in non consecutive weeks. At the time it was released some people considered it risqué due to the subject matter suggested by the lyrics. It was huge around the world, from Norway to the UK to the USA.

5. Shotgun Shuffle

This song is remarkable for being an instrumental radio hit. It came out in 1975 and quickly became a smash on dance floors and then airwaves across America.

4. I’m Your Boogie Man

This classic track appears on the soundtracks to Roll Bounce, The Watchmen, Superbad, and all five Scary Movie films. It’s from the band’s third album, 1976′s aptly titled Part 3. The track has even been covered by White Zombie for The Crow: City of Angels soundtrack.

3. Shake Your Booty

This was the first #1 pop hit to receive mainstream radio play for a song with the word “booty” in it. Due to the controversial nature of the word, and its perception as having a sexual connotation, there were naysyaers within the TK ranks who said it would never be a hit. Henry Stone refused to listen, decided it would be a smash, and promoted it as a single which successfully topped charts around the world in 1976. It changed the face of modern dance music and is still incredibly influential today.

2. Boogie Shoes

Ever since hitting it huge on the soundtrack to the Hollywood disco classic Saturday Night Fever in 1977, “Boogie Shoes” has been a timeless and unforgettable song. That album initially shipped 15 million copies, and spent 18 weeks as the number 1 album on the pop charts. It can be originally heard on the band’s self titled second album from 1975 as well as the movies No Escape (1994), Mallrats (1995), Boogie Nights (1997), Detroit Rock City (1999), and The Wedding Date (2005) . Miami rapper Trick Daddy sampled it for his song “Take It To Da House.”

1. Get Down Tonight

This was the first of KC & The Sunshine Band’s 5 songs to go number 1 on the pop charts. It has appeared in the movies Sid and Nancy (1986), Forrest Gump (1994), Rush Hour (1998), Deuce Bigalow Male Gigalo (1999), and Arlington Road (1999). The track was parodied by Beyonce Knowles in the Mike Myers film Austin Powers: Goldmember. It also plays in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002). It is noted for its very distinctive opening made by playing a guitar sol at 200% speed over a normal speed guitar track.

 

Oct 032013
 

Joe Tex – He Who Is Without Funk Cast the First Stone

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TRACKLIST
1. Loose Caboose
2. How Do You Spell Relief
3. If You Don’t Want the Man
4. Finger Popped My Way Inot the Poor House
5. Who Gave Birth to the Funk
6. Hold What You’ve Got
7. He Who Is Without Funk
8. Music Ain’t Got No Color

Soul Brother Joe Tex brings the legendary funk on this TK classic. First time on CD in the U.S.A.! Cast the first stone and get your funk on tonight.


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Oct 032013
 

Gwen McCrae – Let’s Straighten It Out

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TRACKLISTING
1. Early Morning Love
2. Starting All Over Again
3. Tonight’s the Night
4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered
5. Let’s Straighten It Out
6. Love Insurance
7. Cradle of Love
8. At Bedtime

Featuring The Sexy Soulful Gwen McCrae
Straighten It Out with true Miami Soul
Get your groove on tonight!


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Oct 032013
 

Lew Kirton – Just Arrived

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TRACKLISTING
1. Island Girl
2. Why Should I Get Jealous
3. Love I Don’t Want Your Love
4. NYC
5. Something Special
6. Time to Get With It
7. Love Secret Agent
8. Let Me Up Off My Knees

Smooth Soul Singer Lew Kirton has been around; touring with Sam & Dave, fronting the vocal group The Invitations, and signing with Henry Stone in the 70s. The fully remastered album Just Arrived for the first ever CD release in the U.S.A.!


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Sep 092013
 

Miami Disco Fever

presented by Charlie Rodriguez Live Entertainment

Honors Henry Stone and TK Records

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Date: October 12, 2013
Time: 8:00pm to 4:00am
Location: Milander Performance Art Center
Address: 4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah, FL 33012
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Tickets: $20 General, $50 VIP
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You are cordially invited to join Henry Stone for a trip back to the magic of the Disco years.

Welcome to Miami Disco Reunion! This event will take you back to the glory years of Miami, Florida. The magical years of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The Miami Magic began in the early 70’s with the explosion of the world wide movement of the Miami Sound with the first disco record ever recorded “Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae at a Hialeah recording studio named TK Records.

Remember Jimmy Bo Horne? With the disco mega hit “Dance Across The Floor”! Or, what about the Hialeah High student named Harry Casey who started a band called KC and The Sunshine Band? What about the disco classic “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward? Ray Martinez “If There’s Love”; how many dance floors fill with that song? Yes, the list goes on.

Get the picture? Hialeah was a sleepy town during the 70’s, while at the south end of the city a young man started a revolution in the music business. His name was Mr. Henry Stone. He is known as the man who founded the “Miami Sound”. With over 25 million records sold during the 70s, TK Records, based out of Hialeah, started the world-wide music movement that placed Miami on the international map of entertainment.

The historical significance of producing this event in Hialeah is evident. TK Records’ Mr. Henry Stone will be honored at the Miami Disco Reunion by the City of Hialeah at the city’s historical landmark and newly developed state-of-the-art Milander Performance Art Center. Be part of history Saturday October 12, 2013. Doors open 8:00pm and at close at 4:00am. Be part of the documentary of the sound of Miami with Mr. Henry Stone live filming.

Join your host South Florida Radio Legend Leo Vela and Charlie Rodriguez Live Entertainment as they transform the historic Milander into the worlds most famous night club Studio 54. Music provided by the artist and DJ’s that created history. Look for horses and clowns as we party like 1970-something. Expect the unexpected at Miami Disco Reunion!

This event is produced by Charlie Rodriguez Live Entertainment.

Aug 302013
 

#FromTheArchives

This one is not very old, but it is a great article from the Miami Herald about the 1970s by Joe Cardona; how Henry Stone took KC and The Sunshine Band to worldwide success and together helped create one of the most popular music styles in history, right from a little studio in Hialeah, Florida.

From the article “But even more masterful – and what separates Stone from other great music impresarios – was his ability and his daring. He took chances on new sounds and developed unproven talent.”

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Jul 252013
 

Amant

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TRACKLIST
1. If There’s Love Pt. 1
2. If There’s Love Pt. 2
3. If There’s Love Pt. 3
4. If There’s Love Pt. 4
5. Hazy Shades of Love Pt. 1
6. Hazy Shades of Love Pt. 2
7. Hazy Shades of Love Pt. 3
8. Hazy Shades of Love Pt. 4
9. If There’s Love
10. Hazy Shades of Love