Stone Distributors Original Downtown Miami Office – Billboard (1951)

Before Stone Distributors folded due to tax and accounting issues, it was based at 505 West Flagler Street in Miami, FL. The dissolution of the company led Henry Stone to found first Tru-Tone and then Tone Distribution. As you can see from this ad in Billboard, one of the lines that Stone carried was Coral Records; with releases by The Drifters and The Ames Brothers. The warehouse office was on the edge of the Miami River, at the foot of the bridge into Downtown Miami. The warehouse had an Ampex tape machine, a piano, and a microphone in it. And this is where Henry Stone recorded Ray Charles, a musician he hired to cut a few sides after an introduction from Sam Cooke at the Mary Elizabeth Hotel.

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