Mar 212016
Henry Stone in HenryStoneMusic headquarters - January 2013 - Jacob Katel

Henry Stone in HenryStoneMusic headquarters – January 2013 – Jacob Katel

“I was always had my ears to the street. As these little record stores came up in Miami I used to go and deliver the records sometimes. Most of em’ later started comin’ to me, but in the early years I always listened, man, standin’ right there in Overtown. Let’s say when the buses came into the bus station where the little record store would be and uh, 50 people would come out and, people would walk in and ask for the song they liked off the radio by the lyric. They’d come in and quote the lyric, ask for it, and buy the record.

And I listened.”

“I had one record I’ll never forget, it was a very unusual record, it was a gospel record that I cut for my Glory Records label. One of my first little labels. I had Rockin’ Records and Glory Records. In fact I’m looking for the original record, checking all through the country on ebay and ubay and everywhere else. It’s a record I cut with a gospel group and Reverend Johnson called “God He Dont Like It” and it was… God dont like you messin round with the booze and all that stuff, man it was a great record, but it was sorta like,,,gospel people were afraid of it, they had it under the counter like, it was almost like an x rated record, but it was clean, it was a gospel record, it was God he dont like all this stuff, he dont like what youre doin yknow, and the person would come in whisper “You got that record, God He Dont Like It?” And they’d say “Yeah!” And the clerk would reach under the counter with a sly wink and that was it, my dirty gospel record. A hit!”


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Aug 302013


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 312013

He’s the biggest character in the whole fuckin world man. Clarence Reid, man. Blowfly. That was my invention. Blowfly. Clarence was y’know one of my writers, good writer yknow, he wrote “Rockin Chair,” for Gwen McCrae. Good songwriter. So I used to have a little piano in front of my office. Musicians used to come in and sit down. Clarence was sittin’ there foolin’ around with an old song. I’m in my office doin what I’m doin. I hear him by the piano all of a sudden playin “Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay,” but he’s sayin’ “Shittin On The Dock Of The Bay.” I say “Clarence! What is that?” I said “Go upstairs and cut that immediately! We had an 8 track studio above my Tone Distribution office. That’s where we cut a lot of hits.

So I said, “Clarence go up there and put that on tape immediately, so he finishes “Shittin On The Dock Of The Bay,” and I say “Come up with some more ideas, man, and cut some songs.”

So that’s when Blowfly came into existence. Shittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay.

I created the Weird World record label, no address, no contact info, and these records were under the counter hits all over the country.

Check out the Blowfly Store!

Jul 302013

“Miami is one of the groups I had, also known as The Notorious Miami Band, and they came up with their own funky sound that they had. I didn’t even find them, Miami found me. Roach Thompson was in that band. He got his name from a song they had called “Kill That Roach.” That was a song that anybody in South Florida could relate to just based off the name alone. “Party Freaks” too for that matter. The record came out in 1974. Robert Moore was a great singer that people just liked. I think he did some work with Little Beaver. He had that Beaver sound. This song is written by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke. The record it came out on was the Party Freaks LP on my Drive label. Steve Alaimo engineered it.”

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Jun 212013

From The Archives:

A certificate of appreciation dating from 1978 signed by then county Mayor Stephen P. Clark. The text is below.

Certificate of Appreciation
Henry Stone
President and Founder, T.K. Records and Tone Industries

In sincerest recognition of invaluable contributions to development of the modern music industry in Dade County.

November 4, 1978

Signed by Barry D. Schreiber, Commissioner and Stephen P. Clark, Mayor Metropolitan Dade County

The original will be going to HistoryMiami for their upcoming Henry Stone Collection.

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