Henry Stone and The Best Of Soul

 

One need not look much further than the vintage pages of Billboard Magazine for proof positive of Henry Stone’s definitive contributions to soul music. He recorded thirteen or more of the highest charting soul genre artists in 1975. These artists and groups include: James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, Joe Tex, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes, Little Milton, Peaches & Herb, KC and The Sunshine Band, George McCrae, Gwen McCrae, Betty Wright, and John Lee Hooker. Nearly all of the 200 listed artists were part of his decades long business obsession with distribution; and he had longstanding personal relationships with many of the performers. But it was his passion for his own labels that propelled him. Some of Stone’s own labels at this time Marlin Records, TK Disco, Dade Records, BrownStone Records, TK Records, Cat Records, Glades Records, and Alston Records.

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