Henry Stone

Sep 082016
Eazy E and Jerry Heller

Eazy E and Jerry Heller

“I first met Jerry Heller when he came to Miami and looked me up to talk about this girl group I had at the time, L’Trimm. He had a girl act too, J.J. Fad, who had the song “Supersonic.”

So Jerry came down to Miami to talk to me about managing L’Trimm. He was a nice guy. We knew a lot of the same people. And he knew Henry. But everybody fuckin’ knew Henry.

Jerry was a nice New York guy. Gentle but tough. I remember us going to the Crab House and having garlic crabs while he was in town. Couple of Jewish guys into black music out having garlic crabs. He was telling me about this new group he had getting ready to put out their first record. He told me their name was N.W.A. and that I would never guess what it stood for. I guessed a couple times…”No Whites Allowed,” “Not Without Amy.”

He did a shouldersweep, looked right at me, and said, “Niggas With Attitudes.”

After that, he went back to California and we stayed in touch.

A few months later, he called me in a panic. “Joe, I’m havin a problem, Can you help me?”

I said, “Yeah, maybe. What’s up?”

He said, “I’m getting all these NWA orders and I can’t fill em’. I don’t have credit lines with the pressing plants. Can you vouch for me?”

So I talked it over with Henry and made some calls to different record pressing plants we did business with and got Jerry approved to press up those NWA records.

After that, any time he came to Miami he’d look me up, and whenever I was in L.A. he would take care of me out there.

I remember how much he loved, admired, and respected Eric, Eazy E. He would always tell him watch out with all that pussy. But Eazy E had everything lined up for all his women and all their kids to have Jerry make sure they had money and educations. Jerry loved that guy. He always said how smart he was.

Later on, after Eazy E died, when Jerry was having to deal with Suge Knight and Death Row Records, he came down to Miami and I remember him coming into my office and breaking everything down in gory, disturbing, and heartfelt detail about Eazy dying, and how the Nation of Islam kept him from being there, and how he had to get these Israeli ex-Mossad armed bodyguards to protect him from Suge with all that product selling like it was.

He looked like a broken man. Shaken. But he was tough. A survivor. And he kept on dealing with rap acts until the day he died.

I talked to him after “Straight Outta Compton” came out. Told him they got a good actor to play him. Asked if he had any input. And Jerry Heller said, “Fuck no. No input at all. Fuck those motherfuckers.”

Jerry Heller was a hell of a guy. He was definitely part of the team that made NWA what they are today. He died young. Seventy five is young nowadays. And he was right there with Eric Wright right from the beginning. Yeah, man. Jerry Heller and Eazy E.”


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Jun 282016
lcrs ball & chain

Lemon City Rhythm Section at Ball & Chain – June 27, 2016 – Jake Katel

Last night, Lemon City Rhythm Section proved why they are the best new instrumental group in South Florida.

With an epic set drawn from their new album Instrumental Magic 2, the band set Ball & Chain on fire with music and dancing and put the Lit into Little Havana.

Musicians Jeff Zavac on sax, Jerald Dorsett on keys, Shaka Pace on bass, Aaron Fishbein on guitar, and David Hill on drums did an amazing job, and even Henry Stone had a message for them from the afterlife. “Great job, guys,” he said.

Make sure to pick up the new album. It’s a real crowd pleaser. Here are some photos from the gig.

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Jun 072016

Willie Clarke, Clarence Reid, George Perry, George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Willie Hale, Jimmy Bo Horne, Paul Lewis, Steve Alaimo, Henry Stone, Benny Latimore – (photo – ©Jake Katel)

T.K. Productions is a global institution on the level of Motown Records.

The above photo was taken behind the scenes of the documentary filming of the movie about Henry Stone’s life and work in the music business.

That film is called Record Man and it won the Orlando International Film Festival.

A distribution deal for wide release is currently in the works with a major company.

Look out for more great news soon from HenryStoneMusic Inc. With a catalog as deep as the Marianna Trench you can be sure that more great everything is on the way!



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May 232016

The Impressions early publicity photo with Jerry Butler (top left)

“When The Impressions played at the Million Dollar Palms in Hallandale I was 18 years old.

We had just left the Apollo in New York and played to a packed house. The people loved us and thought we were sensational, then, our next engagement was at the Palms, just over the line from Miami, in Hallandale, where the audience was used to seeing acts like James Brown and Hank Ballard, who were active and doing the splits and jumping all over, and then here we come with only two songs of our own and some others we plagiarized from the Coasters and others we’d been at the Apollo with, and we died…we stunk the place up, and it was an outdoor theater, so that was an accomplishment, hah, “Precious Love” was the only applause we got. That taught me a big lesson. We had to go back to the drawing board and do a show to go with the songs, but at that particular show it was….man, bad showing.

When we played The Apollo we had big signs that read Jerry Butler and The Impressions, but at The Palms, the marquee just said Jerry Butler, no Impressions at all, and that immediately rekindled the anger and animosity among the guys who thought I was trying to take over. It was a very interesting time, and my first time really in that part of South Florida.

I came to Tampa with Curtis Mayfield grandma’s church when I was 13, so this was my second time in Florida.

We was sposed to play 3 nights at The Palms. We played 2 nights For Ernie Busker, and then 1 in Jacksonville, and I think the promoter was glad to be able to sell it.

The record “For Your Precious Love” was already a hit there (Miami, South Florida), that’s why we got booked to go down there. I remember King Coleman and Butterball were big on the record because it was selling, and because the people loved it, and because they had a good relationship with Veejay Records. We just weren’t ready for that kind of venue. We had been working with 5 or 6 other acts, and at the Palms it was us and a comedian and we had to take up 45 minutes or an hour and then the same people stay for the second show so we played the same songs to the same audience over and over, and that’s hard to do.

Henry Stone was the Promoter for that concert, and he was the distributor for the record…you got the picture, he treated us very well.”

  • From a 2011 interview with Jerry Butler by Jake Katel

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May 102016


Sexy, sultry, singing ladies with legs as long as US-1. These are the things dreams are made of.

The beautiful songbirds of Kayvette Records, Brandye were a three woman group who recorded at least one single for T.K. Disco (“Rhythm of Love,” b/w “Curiosity”), and an album called Crossover To Brandye for the aforementioned label.

Their real names are Cynthia Douglas, Donna Davis and Pamela Vincent.

According to Discogs, “Brandye were best known as backing vocalists for Millie Jackson (“A Moment’s Pleasure”), James Brown (“Too Funky In Here”) and Dennis Coffey (“Our Love Goes On”). And they often worked on Brad Shapiro productions.”

Their beautiful voices, smooth harmonics, and Caribbean inflected guitars over cruise ship style string arrangements complement the story song telling of woeful tales of love and heartache. Replete with funky horns, and heavy bass breakdowns, Brandye are characteristic high stylists of the Miami Sound developed by Henry Stone.


May 092016

Andrew “DJ Le Spam” Yeomanson brings forth tears of joy from the eyes of Deedra Boyer by gifting her with her father Bobby Dukoff’s first album Sax In Silk – May 7th, 2016 – Jake Katel

Who Are Anita Boyer and Bobby Dukoff?

Article and photos by Jake Katel

The marriage of Anita Boyer and Bobby Dukoff, and their life in Miami, was one of pioneering musical entrepreneurship that should never be forgotten.

Anita Boyer was a big band swing vocalist who also recorded more sessions than any other artist with the King Cole Trio, the earliest iteration of personnel in Nat King Cole’s voluminous recorded output.

Bobby Dukoff was a hit record sax player who doubled as an engineer, and also invented the world’s most popular saxophone mouthpiece.

Deedra Boyer is the couple’s daughter, and she recently visited Andrew “DJ LeSpam’s” City of Progress Studios in North Miami to convert some of her family’s heirloom history from analog to digital and also to share some photos and stories from her youth.

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