Henry Stone On Tone Distributing

“I had a warehouse big as a football field. It was my distributing place. I had millions, hundreds of thousands of records in there, man, cause I represented every line. I had to carry inventory on all these lines.

I don’t know if you’re aware of this in the story, I dont know if it means anything to you but it should, but a good part of my career down here in Florida has been, I distributed every independent label like Atlantic and Warner Brothers and all those labels Scepter, Wand, Fury, Fire, End, Gone, Roulette, Savoy, Peacock, Aladdin, Modern, Chess, Swingtime, Black & White, Atco, Tico, Old Town, Brunswick, I could go on and on, everything, every big and little indie label that could make a hit yknow. Are you familiar with that? The distribution that I had down here, Tone Distributing

Usually the guy that owned the record label would contact me. I was the distributor here. I was one of 30 or so independent distributors around the country. I was one of em. I was the only one here in Florida. The only one that counted. Every once in a while somebody would try to start up and then boom. Couldn’t compete. So basically, but then ya had, 29 other guys independent like NY had 2 cause it was a big city state, Chicago had a couple. Philadelphia had a couple, Some of the small cities had one like Cincinnati had one. New Orleans, Dallas, yknow whateva but there was 30 of us basically. You put a record out, an independent guy from New York or LA or New Orleans or Chicago and you automatically send the record to us 30 distributors and we’d sell the record. That was the, we had the…most of us were like me, they had the radio tied up in their area yknow, with the disc jockeys, so that was it, it was like a thing that this was the way it was with the independent distribution.

That’s a whole thing if you’re talking about a complete story of Miami, Cause that was a  very important part of the history of Miami, was the distribution here in Florida with all the independents, cause the majors had nothing during the 60s and 70s,,,,till Michael Jackson got hot let’s say in the 80s

That was a real important part of the record industry.

We were a buncha young guys; Really really into the music bidness. You could feel it. We did a lot of work and distribution. And my Tone Distribution grew to be huge.”

  • From a 2013 Interview with Henry Stone

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