Henry Stone, James Brown, Ray Charles, and Sam Cooke are clinking their Cognac snifters on the other side of the pearly gates and saying “Cheers!” to The Record Man winning Best Documentary Film Feature at the Orlando Film Festival 2015.
The movie, which chronicles Stone’s rise to fame as a vinyl distributor who takes over the 1970s with his own powerhouse independent record company, is a hit.
Featuring interviews with Harry Wayne Casey, aka KC from KC and The Sunshine Band, as well as Anita Ward, Sam Moore from Sam and Dave, Clarence “Blowfly” Reid, Timmy Thomas, George McCrae, Jimmy “Bo” Horne, Peter Brown, Bobby Caldwell, Terry Kane, Benny Latimore, Raphael Munnings, King Sporty, Joe Stone, and many more, the documentary is packed full of musical history and entertainment.
Currently continuing the festival circuit run with showings already completed in Albuquerque, Memphis, New Orleans, Ft Lauderdale, Miami, and more, at some of the most prestigious festivals in the nation, The Record Man is an audience favorite everywhere it goes.
The movie follows the rise and fall of TK Productions and its many subsidiaries like the TK Disco, Glades, Dade, Dash, Marlin, Cat, Juana, and other labels that made up the TK Records empire. In the 1970s TK was the biggest independent record label in the world.
Thanks to its foundational worldwide hit in “Rock Your Baby,” the company would become closely associated with the “Disco” genre, though what it truthfully excelled at recording, manufacturing, promoting, and distributing was straight up, bass heavy, dance floor ready Miami style rhythm and blues with a heavy Caribbean, Latin, and pop influence.
KC and The Sunshine Band’s five number 1 hits in a row on the BILLBOARD pop charts tied the Beatles
Henry Stone specialized in pushing records up the r&b charts and then crossing them over into the mainstream.
The film is excellent and will continue to be awarded and rewarded.
Congratulations to Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music, and the makers of The Record Man!