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Jul 092014
 

Twelve Inch Disco Classics Volume 5

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01 Timmy Thomas – Africano
02 Universal Love – Moon Ride
03 Imperials – I Just Wanna Be Your Lovin’ Man
04 Lew Kirton – Heaven In The Afternoon
05 King Tutt – Keep On
06 Milton Wright – Ooh Ooh Ooh I Like It
07 Jo Bisso – Love Somebody

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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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Aug 092013
 

rockyourbaby

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.


Feb 252013
 

On February 19th, TK Records Greats Came Together at the Legendary Audiovision Studios to Film for the Upcoming Henry Stone Documentary

The gathering of some of the greatest artists in history was captured by Jake Katel of the Miami Miami New Times. Many of the greats were in attendance, including George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Latimore, Little Beaver, Chocolate Perry, Clarence Reid, Willy Clarke, Steve Alaimo, Joe Stone, and of course, the man himself, Henry Stone. The award-winning director of the film, Mark Moormann, was there with the whole Beacon Films crew.

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Dec 182012
 

Live Together CD FrontAlana Joy featuring Timmy Thomas

Live Together New Generation

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TRACKLIST
1. Live Together New Generation (with Rap) 3:57
2. Live Together New Generation 4:20

“Live Together” is an updated take for a new generation on the classic “Why Can’t We Live Together” by Alana Joy featuring the original #1 gold record artist Timmy Thomas.

Dec 132012
 

Timmy Thomas – Touch to Touch

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TRACKLIST
1. Touch To Touch
2. Africano
3. When A House Got Music
4. Game Of Life
5. Love For The Pepole
6. Torrid Zone
7. Diane
8. Sweet Music

From the maestro who gave you “Why Can’t We Live Together”, Timmy Thomas brings this sexy soulful album for you and yours to move and groove together.

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Dec 132012
 

Timmy Thomas – You’re The Song

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1. You’re The Song
2. I’ve Got To See You Tonight
3. Sweet Brown Sugar
4. Deep In You
5. Spread Us Around
6. One Brief Moment
7. What Can I Tell Her
8. Ebony Affair
9. Let Me Be Your Eyes

Southern sexy singer and keyboard master delivers big with “You’re The Song”. Get your copy today and hear it for yourself.

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Dec 132012
 

Timmy Thomas – Live

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TRACKLIST
1. Why Cant We Live Together
2. When A House Got Music
3. Rainbow Power
4. Sweet Brown Suggar
5. Drown In My Own Tears
6. Touch to Touch
7. Sipho Mazibuko (LaLaLa)
8. Why Can’t We Live Together (Finale)

The South African anthem from President Mandella, “Why Can’t We Live Together” Timmy Thomas performs live in Johannesburg. This inspiring album is a must have for all lovers of Freedom.

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Jun 152011
 

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TRACKLISTING
1. Betty Wright – Clean Up Woman Listen to a Sample Sample
2. Jimmy Bo Horne – Spank Listen to a Sample Sample
3. Little Beaver – Party Down Listen to a Sample Sample
4. Gwen McCrae – Rockin’ Chair Listen to a Sample Sample
5. Steve Alaimo & Betty Wright – The Smoke Is Gone Listen to a Sample Sample
6. Latimore – Let’s Straighten It Out Listen to a Sample Sample
7. Peter Brown – Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me Listen to a Sample Sample
8. The Charms – Hearts Of Stone Listen to a Sample Sample
9. Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together Listen to a Sample Sample
10. Foxy – Get Off Listen to a Sample Sample
11. T-Connection – Do What You Wanna Do Listen to a Sample Sample
12. Clarence Reid – Nobody But You Babe Listen to a Sample Sample
13. Wilson Pickett – The Best Part Of A Man Listen to a Sample Sample
14. Miami f/ Robert Moore – Party Freaks Listen to a Sample Sample
15. James Brown – Rapp Payback Listen to a Sample Sample

* WHO IS HENRY STONE?
Henry Stone is noted as one of the handful of individuals that started the independent movement in the music business. His involvement was key in bringing the music industry to the world. Henry Stone, dubbed the Godfather of Florida & Miami Soul, R&B, Blues, & Dance, has been an instrumental part of the music industry in Miami and throughout the world as both an independent record label owner and distributor. Stone found his niche after WW II by selling records from the trunk of his car.

In the early 1950s he was one of the first to record Ray Charles. He found and recorded James Brown as early as 1955. Also in 1955 he had his first million selling record with the Charms singing “Hearts of Stone”. In the 1960s Stone became the largest independent record distributor in the Southeast, distributing for Atlantic, Warner Bros., Motown, Stax and many more. At the time these were all independent record labels. Stone started the Miami Music craze in the late 1960s with million sellers from artists like Beginning of the End “Funky Nassau”, Clarence Reid “Nobody But You Babe”, Betty Wright “Clean Up Woman” and others. Stone’s biggest label, TK Records, was founded in the 1970s and charted 23 gold and platinum records worldwide. He discovered KC & The Sunshine Band and other million sellers including George McCrae, Gwen McCrae, Latimore, Timmy Thomas, Peter Brown and many more.

Hidden Treasures is a collection of some of the Legendary Henry Stone’s favorite songs from his labels 1950 – 1980. Vol. 1.


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Mar 172011
 

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TRACKLISTING
1. Rockin’ Chair (with a little taste of Latimore)
2. Rock Your Baby Listen to a Sample Sample
3. What You Won’t Do For Love Listen to a Sample Sample
4. Jazz Freak
5. Please Don’t Go Listen to a Sample Sample
6. Let’s Straighten It Out (performed with Latimore) Listen to a Sample Sample
7. Keep It Comin’ Love (performed with KC) Listen to a Sample Sample
8. Why Can’t We Live Together (performed with Timmy Thomas) Listen to a Sample Sample
9. 90% Of Me Is You Listen to a Sample Sample
10. Clean Up Woman
11. Party Down
12. Misty Blue Listen to a Sample Sample
13. Honey Honey (performed with David Hudson)
14. You Gotta Love Me Like I Love Me (performed with KC)
15. Rockin’ Chair

AWARDS:
Jus Blues Magazine Best Blues & Soul Woman & Song Of The Year Award “Let’s Straighten It Out”

Picked Best Of 2006 By Soul-Patrol.com!

“TK Records wasn’t just a record label, it represented a sound, a sound so exciting and unique that it emerged as one of the most powerful forces in music, with artists whose recording, performing, writing, arranging, and production talents have commanded worldwide attention for four decades.

That is why fans from around the globe will hail this special album as both a tribute to one of the music industry’s most celebrated record labels, and as an essential reminder that great music performed by great musicians and artists not only stands the test of time, but can excite the spotlight all over again.”
Janet Oseroff

“Gwen McCrae does more than rock your chair, she’ll rock your soul!”
Bob Patten

“Gwen gives us soul and devotion in this project. Feel Gwen again and be forever touched! TK feels like home for Gwen!”
Glenn Rivera


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Mar 092011
 

Please Don’t Go has been re-released due to popular demand!
Gwen McCrae, along with the original TK artists that created so many smash hits, has recorded a 21st Century Interpretation of thirteen TK hits of the 70s on this new CD Gwen McCrae Sings TK. The original TK artists on this CD consist of Latimore on keyboard, Timmy Thomas on organ, Little Beaver on guitar, and George “Chocolate” Perry on bass and drums.
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Mar 082011
 

History of Henry Stone Music

Henry Stone, T.K. Office, Hialeah, Florida (1975)

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Born June 3, 1921, in the Bronx, NY, Henry Stone began playing the trumpet in his teens, inspired by jazz great Louis Armstrong. Later at a military camp in New Jersey, he played in bands. After being discharged in 1946, he began selling records out of the back of his car in Los Angeles.

Later he became a 78 rpm record salesman for the Bihari Brothers’ Modern Records, selling to jukebox owners throughout California. He was not solely employed by them as a salesman. He did sell for them but also had his own things going on the side… one of which was the ‘Indi Index’, the forerunner to the ‘Phono-Log’. In 1952, he established his own recording studio, Crystal Recording Company, and started a blues label, Rockin’, and a gospel music label, Glory, in Florida. A big hit on Glory was Rev. A. Johnson’s God Don’t Like It.

Ray Charles
Stone did some pre-stardom recording with Ray Charles at his Flagler Street Studio, in Miami, Florida. The resulting songs were released on Rockin and Delux labels.

Otis Williams and the Charms
Stone leased some of his labels’ other releases to DeLuxe Records. Most notable was the Cincinnati, OH, vocal group Otis Williams and the Charms. Originally recording for Stone’s Rockin’ label in 1953, the group scored a few hits: “Hearts of Stone” (number one R&B for nine weeks); “Ling, Ting, Tong” (number five R&B) and its flip side, “Bazoom (I Need Your Lovin’),” which went to number five R&B in January 1955; and “Two Hearts,” which hit number eight R&B in March 1955.

Stone formed Chart Records in 1955 and two music publishing companies, Pelican and Sherlyn. His roster included the Champions, the Evergreens, and bandleader/pianist Sonny Thompson.


At the end of the decade, he formed two other labels, Glades and Marlin.


James Brown & Henry Stone

In 1960, Stone cut “(Do The) Mashed Potatoes” by Nat Kendrick and the Swans for the Dade label. The group was James Brown’s backup band, the JBs, and scored a number eight R&B hit in February of that year. Many years later, Stone recorded Brown himself on his TK imprint: “Rapp Payback” in 1980 and “Stay With Me” in April 1981.


Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas & Clarence Reid
During the late ’60s, Stone began Alston Records, signing Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas, and Clarence Reid. Wright’s “Clean Up Woman” was a gold number two R&B/number six pop hit single in November 1971. Reid’s biggest hit was “Nobody but You Babe,” a number seven R&B hit in July 1969.


Latimore
For Stone’s Glades label, Benny Latimore aka Latimore hit with the late-night blues anthem “Let’s Straighten It Out,” which stayed at number one R&B for two weeks in September 1974. The singer/songwriter also broke the R&B Top Ten with “Keep the Home Fire Burnin’” and “Something ‘Bout ‘Cha.”

K.C. & The Sunshine Band – 1977
With the signing of KC and the Sunshine Band to his TK label, Stone found his pot of gold (and platinum) at the end of the rainbow. The band racked up five number one pop singles, four number one R&B singles, and gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums.

Richard Finch, Henry Stone & Harry Casey
While working at a record store, young Harry Wayne “KC” Casey came in contact with Tone Distributors and TK Records. KC began hanging around Tone/TK. Stone gave KC the double-duty job of sweeping floors and packing records for shipment in the warehouse. While packing records in 1972, KC met bassist and occasional recording engineer Richard Finch. The two teens formed a creative partnership. Stone let the young men work and experiment in the recording studio when it wasn’t booked and during after-midnight hours.

The two cut numerous demos on themselves, just jamming. KC felt an almost paternal connection to Stone, who reminded him of his father. Soon afterwards at a wedding reception for Clarence Reid in January 1973, KC was exposed to junkanoo, the highly festive, heavily rhythmic, horn-punctuated musical genre that originated in the Bahamas. Later while accompanying TK artist Timmy Thomas to a Washington, D.C., concert as his assistant and booking agent, KC got an idea for a song after hearing the audience approvingly blowing whistles. The song, “Blow Your Whistle,” was KC and Finch’s first professional recording and went to number 27 R&B in September 1973. While cutting a demo on one of their unrecorded original songs, KC and Finch decided that the song was in a key that was too high for KC’s singing range.


Steve Alaimo & Henry Stone
Stone and TK A&R man Steve Alaimo suggested that they give the song to singer George McCrae.

Henry Stone & George McCrae
Released in early summer 1974, “Rock Your Baby” rolled quickly up the charts, holding the number one spot on both the R&B and pop charts for two weeks during July 1974. The worldwide sales of “Rock Your Baby” totaled over six million singles. KC and the Sunshine Band’s second single, “Sound Your Funky Horn,” did a little better than their first, going to number 21 R&B in February 1974. With an approving nod from TK, KC and Finch brought in lead guitarist Jerome Smith, drummer Robert Johnson, and conga player Femin Goytisolo.

The band’s debut LP Do It Good garnered little attention in the U.S. but took off in Europe due in part to “Queen of Clubs,” which was a Top Ten hit in both England and Germany. A band was hastily assembled for a European tour in 1975 and expanded to include eight more musicians and singers. The fourth single, “Get Down Tonight,” took off, hitting number one R&B in April 1975 and held the number one pop for two weeks in August 1975.

Their second album, KC and the Sunshine Band, was released in July 1975. To capitalize on the band’s success, TK released instrumental singles by the Sunshine Band. An instrumental album, The Sound of Sunshine, was released in 1979. “That’s the Way I Like It,” another single from their self-titled album, echoed the success of “Get Down…,” hitting both number one R&B and pop in 1975. The LP went multi-platinum.

In 1976, the band won five Grammys. “(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty” was the group’s third number one hit, topping the R&B charts for a month during July. The mega-platinum-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack included KC and the Sunshine Band’s “Boogie Shoes.” The band selling tens of millions of records brought prestige to the little independent record label based in Hialeah, FL, no doubt bolstering other acts on the label.


Other TK Top Ten hits from that period include: Little Beaver’s (aka Willie Hale) “Party Down” and Peter Brown’s “Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me,” “Dance With Me,” and “Crank It Up (Funk Town) Pt. 1.”

In 1979, crooner Bobby Caldwell signed with TK Records. It seemed an odd signing at the time, as the label was the home to disco/soul/blues-oriented artists and Caldwell was a jazzy, romantic balladeer. No matter, since Caldwell’s first single, “What You Won’t Do for Love,” climbed to number six R&B and number nine pop in the fall of 1978. Several tracks from his albums were in heavy rotation on R&B-oriented FM stations. Later, Caldwell and his manager Henry Marx started Sindrome Records, buying the rights from TK and reissuing the albums and new Caldwell material perfectly suited for the smooth jazz radio format.

Anita Ward
TK also struck gold with Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell.” Written and produced by artist Frederick Knight (“I’ve Been Lonely So Long”), “Ring My Bell” rung its way up to the number one R&B spot in just six weeks and stayed there for five weeks. The catchy track stayed at number one pop for two weeks during summer 1979. “Ring My Bell” started a trend with its use of a “boingy” syndrome with several acts duplicating the sound on numerous records that came after it. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince did a million-selling Top Twenty R&B/pop cover of the tune in 1991.


Gwen MacCrae
George McCrae’s wife Gwen MacCrae had three hits: “For Your Love,” the number one R&B “Rockin’ Chair,” and “Love Insurance.”


Foxy
Rock group Foxy’s “Get Off” was number one R&B for two weeks in summer 1978.

Around the end of the ’70s, KC and Finch and TK began to have conflicts. Some say that this was reflected in the relatively poor chart showings of their releases. Of course, it also could have meant that public tastes were changing. The title track of KC and the Sunshine Band’s fifth album Do You Wanna Go Party (June 1979) went to number eight R&B in 1979…. Ed HoganAMG Biography

In addition to being one of the more colorful characters in the biz, he’s one of the last independent label executives still standing who was totally in the mix with many of the heavyweight labels owners and artists from the 40s, 50s and 60s (label heads including Syd Nathan, George Goldner, the Bihari Brothers, Ewart Abner, the Erteguns, Jerry Wexler, Hy Weiss, Morris Levy, etc…). What can I say? From blues to R&B, doo-wop, soul, funk, disco and rap, this dude’s been AROUND!

Stone began his career in the music industry in 1948 selling vinyl out of the trunk of his car to jukebox operators and along the way worked as a producer, promoter, talent scout, distributor and label owner.

In the early 70s, Stone was pivotal in launching the the disco sound via his T.K. and Marlin labels. Over the years he also owned or had an interest in Alston, Dade, Glades, Deep City, Saadia, Rockin’, Chart, CAT, Deluxe, Deep City, Reid’s World and many more (much of this is well documented in the excellent liners for the recent Soul Jazz “Miami Sound” comp).


Stone also worked with James Brown, Hank Ballard, Sam & Dave, Ray Charles, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Gwen and George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Betty Wright, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, L’Trimm, The 2 Live Jews and tons more.

Special thanks to DJ Monica LynchWFMU 91.1 FM Radio – NYC for writing the above text. She conducted an interview with living legend, Henry Stone that aired Friday, June 27th, Noon – 3pm. The show will be archived for future internet listening.
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Henry Stone is an Honorary Member of the Disco DJ Hall of Fame™ and a member of the Disco Hall of Fame™.