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A strong case can be made for the inclusion of Henry Stone as an inductee into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. Not only is he a key figure in the historical development of R&B music goiung back to the 50's with artists like James Brown & Ray Charles and into the funk/disco era with artists like KC & the Sunshine Band, Gwen McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Bobby Caldwell, etc, Southern Soul with Latimore, but hip hop as well with Newcelus ("Jam On It"). Quiet as it's kept, Henry Stone has always been a strong supporter of what we do here on Soul-Patrol (he was one of the sponsors of the 2007 Soul-Patrol Convention). He is probably the very last of the 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's "Indie Record Men" still operating as a force in Black music in 2013.
Henry has certainly been around long enough to know "where all of the bones are burried." That's why I was glad to see that at the age of 92 he has produced this new book:
Book 1 in the Henry Stone Biography E-Book Series: The Stone Cold Truth on Payola In The Music Biz
And it's available inline via Amazon.com for just $2.99!!
And is available for the following devices: Amazon Kindle, iPhone and iPad Touch, Windows Phone, Windows 8 Tablet, Windows 8 Computer, Windows 7, XP & Vista Computers, Android Phone, Android Tablet, Blackberry
Below is the press release for the book!!
In the 1970's, Henry Stone's TK Productions was the largest independent record company in the world. Here is the true story of the money, cars, and drugs that powered its radio promotion as told by Stone himself. The irreverent record mogul also relates his insider knowledge on the "Payola Scandal" of 1959 as only one who has been in the record business since 1946 can. Now 92 years old, Henry Stone is ready to give the world his Stone Cold Truth on Payola in the Music Biz.
In the 1970's Henry Stone's TK Productions was the largest independent record label in the world; With 27 Gold plaques, five #1 pop hits on Billboard, hundreds of releases, hundreds of millions in record sales, heavy rotation for his music on r&b and pop radio, and dance floors of the hottest nightclubs in the world playing his hits. Here now is the true story of the cash, drugs, and cars that his promotions team employed to make sure it stayed that way. The irreverent, and now 91 year old Henry Stone is here to tell the world his Stone Cold Truth On Payola in the Music Biz.
Book highlights include:
- How working for Modern Records in LA in 1946 birthed the first form of national distribution of independent recorded music in America.
- How Henry Stone generated liquid cash to send his team out on the road to pay off the biggest radio DJs in the country.
- The importance of New York City clubs in determining what songs made radio, and thus get national airplay.
- How Henry Stone controlled the Billboard pop charts, and who he had in his pocket to do so.
- How the major record labels still use these tactics to this day.
- Who was on drugs, where they did them, and how much they cost.
- The Payola Scandal of 1959 and how New York City DJ Alan Freed ended up in Miami after taking the blame for it.
- King Sporty, co-writer with Bob Marley of "Buffalo Soldier" getting shot in Stone's office.
Henry Stone is excited about this new phase in his career and enjoys telling his stories from over 65 years in the music business. Stone is available for interviews.
NEW RELEASE: Latimore Remembers Ray Charles
I realize that some of yall might just think that Henry Stone is done at the age of 92? But guess what (he's not.) Check out this latest release by our friend Latimore, in tribute to Mr. Ray Charles:
2. I Got a Woman
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. Hit the Road, Jack
5. Unchain My Heart
6. Drown In My Own Tears
7. What'd I Say
8. Crying Time
9. I Can't Stop Loving You
10. St. Pete Florida Blues
Featuring Latimore's Take on Ray Charles Classics
With a booming voice untouched by time, soul singer-keyboardist Latimore unleashes his gravely blues vocals to pay tribute to legend Ray Charles on "Latimore Remembers Ray Charles," his 25th album that will be released April 16th by Henry Stone Music. Record industry veteran Henry Stone produced the 10-song set of tunes made famous by Charles, including the sassy soulified single, "Hit The Road Jack," which is currently receiving airplay at classic soul, blues and adult R&B radio stations.
Henry Stone/TK Productions To be Honored By HistoryMiami (aka: Historical Museum of Southern Florida)
I really like this story!
And not just because it is about our good friend Mr. Henry Stone.
But perhaps more importantly, it is a story about how local communities can take positive action to make sure that legendary artists from their own communities can be rightfully honored, especially after being snubbed by entities like the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Last week we brought you the story of how music fans in NYC honored Miles Davis.
Here is a story on how some folks in Miami are making sure that the legacy of Henry Stone will be forever preserved.
And these folks aren't siting around waiting for the morons at the RRHOF.
They are doing it themselves.
Who can YOU honor in YOUR community?
If you are involved in doing something along these lines, please let us know about it!
Check out this story from the Miami New Times
HistoryMiami (aka: Historical Museum of Southern Florida) is the great downtown museum that will take over the 55,000 square foot Miami Art Museum space when that facility moves to its new home at Bicentennial Park. Dawn Hugh is the institution's Archive manager, and John Shubin is on the museum's board. Yesterday, they visited Stone to discuss the creation of a Henry Stone Collection to document and preserve the physical evidence of his life, business, and contributions to the music industry.
Stone's TK Productions was the umbrella company for over 20 record labels like Cat, Glades, Juana, Dade, Dash, etc., with artists like KC and The Sunshine Band ("Shake Your Booty," "Get Down Tonight," "Keep It Comin Love"), Blowfly ("Rapp Dirty"), Betty Wright ("Cleanup Woman"), Little Beaver ("Party Down"), Anita Ward ("Ring My Bell"), Latimore ("Let's Straighten It Out"), Gwen McCrae ("Rockin' Chair"), Timmy Thomas ("Why Can't We Live Together"), Jimmie Bo Horne ("Spank"), Bobby Caldwell ("What You Won't Do For Love"), and many more. All the artists worked on each others' albums in a truly integrated musical environment with a house rhythm section rivaling Memphis' Booker T & The MGs.
Stay tuned for more on Henry Stone Music, TK Productions, Latimore & more upcoming on Soul-Patrol
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