Henry Stone, The Heart of TK Records, Cash Box Magazine Special Issue (1976)

“I don’t think I’m going to build this thing to sell it. I would like to build this thing to have, like an A&M Records , or a Motown-all self-contained . “This is my feeling and those are my goals. ” I mean, I have to work.” Thus Henry Stone, head of T.K. Productions and manufacturer of what is being called the Miami sound, the sound of Betty Wright, KC and the Sunshine Band, George and Gwen McCrae, Little Beaver, Latimore, Clarence Reid and others. Henry Stone, who was a distributor (” I was a good distributor. Nobody transshipped any records into Florida. I didn’t give them a chance, man.” ) turned manufacturer and owner of a complex record business organization with his own labels, studios , distributed label, publishing, publicity arm, and international operation. And the man who sits in his Miami office and says: “This business has become such that the money is unbelievable. There ‘s no comparison: you can make more in one day as a manufacturer than you can in ten years as a distributor.” Strong words perhaps, but Henry Stone considers that he can back it all up. He is an independent, much experienced in many facets of the music/record business since the early 1940s and right now his T.K. Productions is on a hot streak that is worldwide. T.K. is able to boast of two #1 LPs and a platinum award for KC and the Sunshine Band inside four months. (Stone thinks the short time taken is particularly impressive). T.K. is able to boast that its publishing arm, Sherlyn Music, was the #2 company when BMI announced their r&b awards. T.K. is also able to boast that the percentage of international grosses – although it varies – is around ” 25 percent or maybe more,” says Stone.

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