By 1948, R&B musicians and bar/nightclub/restaurant owners living or traveling through Florida already knew that Henry Stone was someone they could do cash business with. He recorded unknown artists off the street, and gambled on manufacturing vinyl. Then he worked with jukebox operators in black establishments throughout all the same hoods of today known as Overtown, Liberty City, Opa Locka, The Goulds, and Perrine, getting records played and quarters paid, working with all the great R&B DJ’s like Ed Cook, Jockey Jack, to get the sounds of independent music on the radio and feeding his family and other people’s families doing it. He also carried records from his friends in California, New York, and Chicago to shot houses in Wildwood, and Tampa, even up to Pensacola and down to the Florida Keys. Hitting the back roads in his Buick way before there was ever a highway with his Rockin’ Records, the independent label he founded to record artists like Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, and even Willie Baker. W.C. Baker was a songwriter who he hired as a shipping clerk at his downtown Miami warehouse. These records would be forgotten if not for collectors finding them all over the country all these years later. As far as blues, none of it was really hits, many had little more than regional impact, and some not even that. But Henry Stone always loved making records, and he knew how to get them out there. Now that’s what you call distribution.
From 1946 to 2014, Henry Stone ruled the Florida music industry with an iron fist, a brick of cash, and a warehouse full of vinyl. HSM is the last of over one hundred record labels he personally founded. This record label includes works from every decade in his sixty-five year career right up until today. Licensing available for film, samples, advertising, movies, video games, and more. Family owned and operated.