Steve Alaimo

Sep 242015


“The Allman Brothers. When they met me, they were giggin down here in Miami. Little venues. Little rock and roll venues, just hustling yknow, and they uh, I guess from Steve Alaimo they heard about what we were tryin to do at TK. They came by my 8 track studio upstairs, not even 24 track yet, this is the early days. And they start like jammin around and we started using em. We used em on a few little rock sessions that Steve wanteda do, and then they end up sleeping, they had their car downstairs, and they end up sleeping upstairs in the studio, for a week or so, and we ended up cutting an album with them, with Duane and Greg, thats the name of the album. ”


“A lot of the white acts we didn’t bother with, but the Allman brothers was a whole different story. They came to me, we cut them. We recorded that one terrific album with the song “Melissa” on it, which by the way Steve Alaimo is a writer on. That was recorded upstairs on a little 8 track studio. We got a group that we’re selling pretty good the 31st of February, that’s the name of the group, and I think the Allman Brothers played the backup for the group. We formed that group. I made a deal with Vanguard Records to distribute it. I think Lawrence Welk bought the company and I dont know, we had a little correspondence with em, they said they found a contract from 1968 somethin like that. But we released that Allman Brothers on my Bold label, and we did very well with it. They still weren’t big yet but we sold quite a bit. It was Duane and Greg Allman yaknow. Still own that. We’re gonna put it out eventually. And that was the closest thing I came to rock and roll. Now as a distributor, Idistributed all Zeppelin, Cream, all the rock n roll sides as a distributor. I distributed all that product here in Florida, plus transshipping whatever I did trans shipping wise. But I’m a jazz guy at heart. Jazz and blues.”


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Here are the album credits for the Duane and Gregg Allman LP on BOLD Records as listed on


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Morning Dew

Songwriter – Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose



God Rest His Soul

Songwriter – Steve Alaimo



Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out

Songwriter – Jimmie Cox*



Come Down And Get Me

Songwriter – Ray Gerald




Songwriter – Gregg Allman, Steve Alaimo



I’ll Change For You

Songwriter – David Brown (10)



Back Down Home With You

Songwriter – David Brown (10)



Well I Know Too Well

Songwriter – Steve Alaimo



In The Morning When I’m Real

Songwriter – R. Puccetti*




Unreleased Demo Recordings for The Band “31st Of February”, On Which Gregg and Duane Played As Studio Musicians. Sessions Recorded In September, 1968. Includes An Early Version of “Melissa”<br>

Recorded at TK Studios in Hialeah, FL.

Jul 272015

In the 1950’s there were three big disc jockeys in this country. There was Alan Freed in New York, Dick Clark In Philadelphia, and Bob Green in Miami. These three guys controlled all the hit records of the independents, and the majors too, cause there weren’t that many big hits on the majors at that time, it was all the independents.

I managed Bob Green, I was his manager. We became real tight. I was from the Bronx, Bob was from the Bronx, we hit it off, and I directed his career as a disc jockey. I told him what to play. I told him what to play and when to play it. And while he was playing all these great records, he became the number one disc jockey down here, and then we started to run the hops.

We ran hops and Steve Alaimo and his Redcoats were the house band. I used to run these dances with Bob.

We used to get these artists and all the companies. They would send me Paul Anka, you name it, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, they would send em all down for nothing, just to get em’ on the Bob Green Show, cause they knew that if Bob was playing a record that Dick Clark would play the record or Alan Freed, It was like a whole combo thing, so they sent all the artists down to my hops, and I’ll never forget the first hop with Bob Green.

ABC sent Paul Anka, and we did fantastic, and I remember Bob was at the 1800 club, lived at the 1800 Club on Biscayne Boulevard somewhere. Bob lived there and I came in to give him his cut of the money. It was all singles, or 90 percent singles, and we started counting out the money and he had it spread all over his room. He said “I never saw so much money in my whole life!” Y’know all those dolla dolla bills.

I had complete control of him financially, spiritually, radiowise, everything. We were buddies, we used to hang out together. We used to go to the track together, that kind of thing. Until, he married a chick by the name of Anita Bryant. I was best man at the wedding by the way, in Oklahoma. Yeah, Bob Green, that was a whole era.


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Jun 262015

End Records was partially Morris Levy’s label. END. It was between him and George Goldner. Goldner was quite a character. He’s the one that really put Morris in the business. George was the one that had “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” Plus he had a lot of pretty big songs on top of that with his END and Gone record labels to name a couple.

George was a real character. I remember when he was married to this Latin chick. Mona. She used to chase him all over the country. She used to chase him at the conventions, knock on every door and say,

“Is George in here?! Motherfucker. I know he’s screwing around.”

Maybe he was at the bar havin a drink who knows. But anyway George, he and I were very cool, but he had his rules. Number one, he wouldn’t fly. So he used to make me get on the train with him and go to New York and we’d sit and play gin rummy the whole time. From Miami to New York. That’s the only time I went on a train. Actually, when I was in the army I went on a train.

Morris Levy wouldn’t fly either. Fear of flying. Morris used to drive to California in fact. George had these labels hooked up with Morris cause George used to be a huge gambler and used to go broke all the time and always needed money. He and Hymie Weiss from Old Towne Records used to go to the harness tracks in New York.

And when George was in Miami we’d take him to the track all the time. Tropical Park was it? Steve Alaimo and I took him to the track.

I’ll never forget one time when took him to the track. We were there at the track just goofin around, winning and losin ya know. And George musta blown $20,000 dollars. Cause that’s the way he used to bet. I used to bet ten dollas, twenty dollas yaknow. So George is tapped out, so he goes to Steve, the last fifty dollas that Steve Alaimo has, and he says,

“Steve lend me fifty dollas.”

Steve says, “Whattaya crazy man? ya gonna blow it. That’s hot dog money and to get home.”

But George was so convincing that Steve gave him the fifty bucks and George put it on a trifecta, the last race or somethin, Baboom. It came in. And God knows how many thousands of dollars he hit on that trifecta. George was a weird cat, man, funny cat.”


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Nov 132013

When Steve Alaimo was in college he had a band called the Redcoats. Around that time, he started hangin’ around with me as a promotion man, sort of a hangaround guy, and I’d take him up to Ernie Busker’s place, the Palms Of Hallandale to see BB King and James Brown. I think it really influenced his sound and the way he sung and the way he performed. Man, Steve was great on stage.

Later I got him on as the opener for James Brown for a stadium show in Miami, and after the gig James said to me “Don’t ever let that whiteboy on before me again.” That’s how good Steve was. James didn’t want him stealing any of his thunder.

When he was first starting out he played rooms like The Eden Roc on Miami Beach and later the big room at the Diplomat Hotel. He was doing standards, show tunes, good ol music, yaknow…music.

William Morris was the first agency to handle him and one of his first agents was Famous Amos. That’s what he did before the cookies, he was Steve’s talent agent at the William Morris Agency.

I’d say that Steve was really the first blue eyed soul singer to come along yaknow.


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Nov 052013

Sam Moore came down and did the interview for my movie “Rock Your Baby.” He was in the group Sam & Dave, who are the biggest selling duo in the history of music.

I used to see em’ play over at the King Of Hearts in Liberty City. Guy named John Lomelo owned the club and was also basically their manager.

Steve Alaimo worked with Sam and Dave here in Miami. He worked the clubs like the Knight Beat and The King Of Hearts with them. And then he produced some records on them for my Alston and Marlin Records that ended up on Roulette. Those were the first sides they ever cut. Later I was instrumental on their recording with Isaac Hayes and David Porter down at Stax for Atlantic, but that’s another story.

You’ll hear all about it in the movie.

Steve went down to a little club in Downtown Miami and met up with Sam Moore there and my movie director Mark Moorman and his film crew, and they shot some helluva scene there. Steve was the one who really produced their records down here. They also filmed at the Criteria Studios yknow, now it’s called the Hit Factory. That’s where they cut some of those Alston and Marlin records that ended up on Roulette.

Steve said it went over very good. They were just talking about old times, talkin about Sam Cooke and some of the old artists that used to come down.They said the filming went very good. Mark Moorman the director was very happy

I havent spoken to Sam Moore in 50 years now. I’m really happy for his success. He’s still out there. Still working. Apparently doing real good for himself.

The reports I’m getting on the film is that they’re just about through filming. The next phase is the editing and the post production, which, should start immediately yaknow.

The film should be released by the middle of 2014.

Aug 122013

Steve Alaimo and Henry Stone in 2013

Steve Alaimo once outperformed James Brown as his opener at a Miami stadium show. James Brown went backstage and told Henry Stone, “Don’t you ever let that whiteboy on before me ever again!”

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Steve Alaimo and Henry Stone at a party

Alaimo has been with Henry Stone since he was a University of Miami student playing in a college band called The Redcoats. He played weekend hops (which is what the dances were called at the time), sang in lounges, wrote and recorded music, managed acts, worked in TV, A&R’d, promoted records, engineered, produced, toured, and eventually became VP of TK Productions, the largest independent record company in the world throughout the 1970’s.

He also helped discover Sam & Dave (“Hold On, I’m Comin'”, “Soul Man”) one of the top selling and charting duos in the history of recorded music. Most people don’t know that they formed in and began on the Miami talent show circuit. Here are some of Alaimo’s recollections on their early days.

“I found Sam & Dave at the King of Hearts Club in Liberty City. I sang at King of Hearts too, in fact Sam and Dave were my opening act. They opened up the show and I came on next. Man, that was great in those days.”

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“Put it this way, my dressing room was John Lomelo’s office. He was the club’s owner. And in the door, there were bullet holes in it. So when you dressed, the people were lookin’ in through the bullet holes.

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There was an office in the back. The crowd was in the front. and the stage was a small riser, and the stage was a dance floor, so you sang on the dance floor if you were an act. If you were a band then you got on the riser, which was only about a foot high.

Those crowds were great. They knew how to appreciate everything. If you were good, they liked ya. If you weren’t, they didn’t make any bones about it.”

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“John Lomelo ended up being the mayor of Sunrise. Went to jail for some kind of bullshit. Big white guy. Big burly guy, and he was Sam and Dave’s manager cause he said “I’m your manager.” A tough guy. While he was mayor he went and got arrested, went to jail, came out of jail, and they made him mayor again. They didn’t care because there was no crime in Sunrise. He didn’t take no shit.”

“Back to Sam & Dave. First, I made their records for Henry Stone on Marlin Records, and then we put them with Roulette Records in New York, and put two or three records out, “No More Pain” and a bunch of those things. I wrote their first song, “No More Pain.” Then I went to California to do the show “Where the Action Is” with Dick Clarke on ABC. Henry sent Sam & Dave to Stax….called up Atlantic and Atlantic didn’t do anything with them, so Atlantic sent them to STAX, where Isaac Hayes and David Porter started producing them. And the rest is history.”