“I distributed all these labels so I had to get the records on the radio in order to get em’ hot and build demand. And what I used to do to get a record on the radio is pay the DJ. I mean, I could get it on for nothin’, but I said fuck it, man, why shouldn’t I get these guys 50 or a hundred bucks, man. It’s not gonna cost me nothin’. I’m gonna get free records for it ya dig? Every thousand records I ordered, they had to give me three hundred for promotion. And I’d make sure these cats would get paid. That’s one thing the jockeys loved about me. It got to a point here in Florida where even the major companies couldnt get a record on these stations cause nobody wanteda touch anybody’s money. They were afraid. They knew if they came through me, man, everything’s cool. They knew, yknow? But some promotion man that just got a job let’s say with RCA. He would say, “Hey man, I got a new whatever record. Here’s 50 or a hundred dollars to play it.” The DJ would say, “Nah we can’t handle that. Ya gotta see Henry.”
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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.