A million record sales is no easy feat. And for the independent record labels of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even 1990’s, it would have been damn near impossible to make hit records without the help of independent distributors.
According to Henry Stone, there were around 30 or 40 some odd distributors around the country during any given decade of the golden age of the record business. Stone’s home turf was Florida, though he also sold records in other markets like New York City, Philly, Detroit, Chicago, and even Indianapolis.
One small example of Stone’s prowess is this gold plaque he received from Dial Records for distribution of the Joe Tex classic “Skinny Legs And All.” Henry Stone and his Tone Distribution company helped the record achieve over 1,000,000 in sales.
The song came out on Dial Records, an indie label out of New Orleans founded by a dude named Buddy Killen who discovered a soul artist named Joe Tex that went on to pen multiple platinum hits and had a longtime feud with James Brown over money, women, and who was really “Soul Brother #1.”
Henry Stone Music Inc. is proud to say that Joe Tex and his music live on through this very catalog that you’re reading from now. If you like, soul, funk, r&b, and The South, then you will love the Joe Tex album He Who Is Without Funk Cast The First Stone.
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