Apr 122016

(L to R) Willie Hale, Timmy Thomas, Willie Clarke, and Henry Stone – 2013 – Jake Katel

“I’ve been on a lot of sessions, man. Even ones you might not know about. I did the guitar part on Gwen McCrae’s “Rockin’ Chair.” And I wrote the bass line for Latimore’s “Let’s Straighten It Out.”

Latimore has always been mean on the keys. He played them on my song “Party Down.” And George “Chocolate” Perry had the bass kicking on that one. In fact, Choco did the whole album with me except for one song, and that was with Jaco Pastorius.

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Jul 082015

“I was a distributor when CD’s came in. That’s what almost killed me. I hadda buy all those CDs! Along with still carrying LP’s, you hadda give em an order for, let’s say in the very beginning when the CDs first came out…Let’s say you were gonna order 100 units of something, you’d order 60 LPs and 40 CDs and then of course it started to change. You started ordering 60 and 40 the other way, then 70 and 30, and then eventually the LPs got eliminated and it was all CDs. Everything came out on CD form.

And I was a distributor. I was there. I was a distributor right through…even when I had TK, I had Tone Distributing.

I didn’t give up my distribution. In fact, today Inez is going out with Cheryl Regan who’s Russ Regan’s wife, and 20th Century is one of the labels I actually distributed when I had TK. I had big records with Barry White and “Kung Fu Fighting,” those were both Russ Regan yknow.

So I still had my Tone Distributing while I had TK. Thats when I became so huge that whoooo…hahaha. Tone wasn’t as big cause the independents started to do their own thing, their own distrobutions, Motown, Warner Bros, Atlantic yknow, and then suddenly labels like Arista, I had Arista which was Clive Davis, he ended up selling out to Columbia by the way, so I lost that line yknow.

TK became my big million dolla….multi million dolla operation with all those hit records. Hit artists. I built KC and The Sunshine Band, I built Latimore, I built George McCrae, I built Gwen McCrae, Jimmie Bo Horne, Little Beaver, Blowfly, Betty Wright….I built these artists just like Motown did their artists. I didn’t have just one hit. Every once in a while I’d get a one hit artist, same with Motown havin a one hit artist, but most of their things were building Supremes and the Tempts, they built their artists. I built my artists too like KC, I had 6 number one records with KC and three platinum LPs yknow. LPs. It was still LP time yknow in the 70s

I never became RIAA certified, I never joined that organization. I thought they were full of shit, just a way to rip the majors off, but the majors were in there they like controlled it yknow. All the majors were a part of it. They tried to get me join and I said nah man that’s a majors thing I dont wanna get involved with that. I just turned em down. I member a lot of the independents turned em down. I know Morris Levy never used the RIAA. They knew it was controlled by the majors. Big business. That was all part of it.


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Aug 282013


This is where a lot of the action happened! Just a normal day at the TK Records offices. Makin’ hits. Hanging out with (left to right) Betty Wright; H.W. Casey (that’s KC and the Sunshine Band); our Italy sales rep; Willie Clarke sitting on my lap (why?); myself – Henry Stone on the phone, as always; Rick Finch (from KC and the Sunshine Band); and the ever-shirtless Latimore. There’s even an ad-proof for a Blowfly ad on the bulletin board in back. What a great time that was!

Henry Stone In Office Willie Clarke on Lap

Aug 092013


Rock Your Baby

A documentary on the life of Henry Stone and the music from Miami that changed the world.

On Thursday, August 8th, Henry Stone Music and Beacon Films hosted a fundraising reception to introduce the community to the upcoming documentary Rock Your Baby. Rock Your Baby is a uniquely American story of how a group of individuals with raw talent and diverse backgrounds, led by the indefatigable determination and genius of one man, exported the music of Miami to the world. That man is Henry Stone. Over sixty invited guests enjoyed clips from the movie and were introduced to the creators, the Producers Mitchell and Debra Egber, Director Mark Moormann, and, of course, the man himself, Henry Stone. Appetizing hors d’eouvres were provided by Chef Inspired Creations.

For more information about the film and the history, check out the Rock Your Baby Movie website. Contributions to the film may be made through the fiscal sponsor, Life Is Art.

Photographs courtesy Anthony Jordon.


Jul 302013

As heard on “Orange Is the New Black”
Benny Latimore’s “Move and Groove Together”

Available on Benny Latimore the Early Years


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Benny Latimore CD Insert 2TRACKLISTING
1. There She Is
2. Ain’t Gonna Cry No More
3. Girl I Got News For You
4. The Power and the Glory
5. It Was So Nice While It Lasted
6. Move and Groove Together
7. Love Don’t Love Me
8. Life’s Little Ups and Downs
9. It’s Just a Matter of Time
10. I’m Just an Ordinary Man
11. I’ll Be Good to You
12. I Pity the Fool
13. Have a Little Faith
14. I’m a Believer
15. Rain From The Sky
16. I Can’t Go On

The critically-acclaimed new Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” features a classic track by the multi-million selling gold-record artist Latimore. “Move and Groove Together”, from the world-renowned Southern Soul crooner, is used as part of the premiere episode.

The track comes in at 14:30 in the first episode, titled “I Wasn’t Ready”, in a very sultry scene with the main character, Piper Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling, dancing for her lesbian lover, Alex Vause, played by Laura Prepon. Netflix has recently received fourteen Emmy nominations for their original programming.

The track “Move and Groove Together”, available on the Benny Latimore The Early Years CD, has quickly jumped up the sales charts. It was originally recorded in 1968 at Bobby Dukoff’s studio and was written and sung by Latimore. It came out on Dade Records as a 45. This is a representation of the true Miami Sound, long before any of those other came out in the 80s.

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Born in Charleston, TN in 1939, Benny Latimore was influenced by country music, his Baptist church choir, and the Blues. WLAC, via the strong evening signal from Nashville, was a favorite in Latimore’s youth.

Benny Latimore, who was produced by Steve Alaimo, describes “The Miami Sound” as a kind of combination of R&B and Jazz.

In a career spanning over 35 years and beginning with recordings in the 1960s for Miami music legend Henry Stone, the gems on this CD were cut on the Dade label long before Benny’s success on the Glades/T.K. label. These early recordings for Dade are solid deep soul, graced by Latimore’s deep, sultry voice.

Included on this disc are the much sought after 1965 hits, “I Can’t Go On Anymore” and “Rain From the Sky”, originally recorded on Stone’s Blade label. These are treasures that until now only a few collectors were lucky enough to have. Today we bring them to you for the world to hear.

“Sensational” really is the best word to describe Latimore. He proved to be extremely adept as both a superlative vocalist and keyboard player par excellence. Benny Latimore is Florida’s master soul stylist.

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Jul 262013


“Hey, this is Henry Stone. A few years before TK Disco, I took Benny Latimore aka Latimore to Bobby Dukoff’s studio in South Miami and cut a record called “Move and Groove Together.”

Last week, the premier episode of the new hit show “Orange Is The New Black” on Netflix featured the song during a sexy lesbian love scene. Here is the true story behind recording it.

Bobby Dukoff was known for saxophone playing. It was circa 1968. I didn’t have my studio set up yet at TK so I took Lat down to this studio not too far south from Specs Music Store by the University of Miami. We used to record there quite a bit in the 60s. I did a lot of recording there on Steve Alaimo, stuff like “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” on my Alarm label.

Dukoff’s was the only studio in town. Criteria wasn’t in business yet. And The Armory, where I cut the first version of “The Twist” with Hank Ballard and engineer Mack Emmerman wasn’t a real studio. This was a regular studio.

So, “Move and Groove Together” was sung by Latimore around 1968, maybe 67′, 66′, 65′, I’m 90 years old, it was somewhere around that time. The song was written by Johnny Nash, an artist whose music I always loved. It came out on Dade Records as a 45. Down here in South Florida Latimore always sold well and that was it, till I had my Glades label under TK where he had a few million sellers like “Let’s Straighten It Out,” and “Stormy Monday.” But at the time it was very localized.

So then, in about 2005 we digitized that vinyl and re-released it on a cd and put it on iTunes. We put out an album called “The Legendary Henry Stone Presents Latimore The Early Years.”

Dade, the label we originally released it on is the label that had “Mashed Potatoes.” That was a big national hit we had with Nat Kendrick and the Swans, which was the original James Brown band.

Through our internal efforts alongside Garret Morris of Fine Gold Music, who is one of our catalog representatives, we got the placement for “Move and Groove Together.” Garret heard the song and pitched it to the show and they thought it was a perfect fit for their premier episode.

Netflix and their original productions and their form of internet distribution are the future of entertainment. And as always, here we are in it, up to the minute and in it. Workin’ with Netflix, that’s how we roll. We see the future and we wanna participate.

One of the best parts of the whole thing is the song is so great. Hey, Joe cut me a single just so I can groove to it.

Roach Thompson was the guitar player on it. Just listen to it, so great, man. 1968, wow that was what 45 years ago? I just thought it was a great r&b song. We released it and got it on the air in Miami.

And now look where it is.

All the efforts that we’ve made in the past year to get synchronized placements on tv shows, movies, video games, we do that to keep the music alive, and also because it drives sales. This is the new music business, and we are in it to win it.

But you can’t recreate that sound. It happened in that time, and we luckily got it on tape. And now, we’re passing it on to the digital generation.”


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