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. Let’s face it, a recording artist is only as good as their recorded output; and that means the record label and its distribution, airplay, and connection to the press are as crucial as the song, its producer, engineer, and performer. In the case of Stone, he directly recorded thirteen or more of the highest charting soul genre artists from 1948 to 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 fell under the purview 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 recording and manufacturing that propelled him to the top of the charts, and pioneer standing in the industry. These artists recorded for Stone’s own labels including Marlin Records, TK Disco, Dade Records, BrownStone Records, TK Records, Cat Records, Glades Records, and Alston Records.

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