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bill wardlow

Bill Wardlow in BILLBOARD Magazine 1975

“A real situation I had with Billboard is this. I was very tight with Billboard Magazine in the disco era because the editor was Bill Wardlow. He was the cat in charge of the POP charts for Billboard and he was a big disco freak.

That’s why in the 70s when he was the head of that whole department there a lot of the disco records made the charts . This is before they were considered so called disco trash, whatever they wanted to call it.

But all my stuff went to the charts.

I remember one time I had a record with KC and The Sunshine Band. This was about the 3rd or 4th number one hit I had with KC and….it coulda been “Shake Your Booty.” I’m not quite sure which one, but it was shooting up the charts, all legitimate too, even though I was very close with Bill Wardlow.

Anyway the record went to number 2 and it was goin up and on its way to number 1, and just like in a horse race comin from way behind, zoomin up the charts was “You Light Up My Life,” by Pat Boone’s daughter.

Bill says, “Henry what am I gonna do? I gotta make this record number one.”

I said, “Man, you gotta put me number one.”

But I says, “Man, you gotta give me that number one slot cause I’ve had 4 number one slots in a row with KC, like the Beatles y’know. I want my 5 in a row.”

So Bill said, “For you Henry I’ll do it.”

And then later on I gave him a down payment for a home he bought in Palm Springs.

So that’s how tight I was with Bill Wardlow.”

  • From a 2013 interview where I asked Henry Stone about Bill Wardlow

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Jul 092014

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Dec 052013


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.









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