eBook recommendation: Inside The Music Biz (The Stone Cold Truth Book 2)
Inside The Music Biz (The Stone Cold Truth Book 2) portrays his work in music biz from artistry, to contracts, copyrights, publishing, marketing, promotion, distribution, and much more.
Henry Stone (1921 –2014) was a major character in the recording industry in America. His career spanned gospel, blues, R&B, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, rock, and electronic music. In 1937, he started his career with the Tommy Tucker Orchestra in New York City. Eventually, he went on to work with the likes of Ray Charles, James Brown, The Allman Brothers, and Sam & Dave.
For the readers of this blog the most interesting part of his activities are probably his disco years. In 1972, he decided to concentrate on recording and manufacturing his own records and formed a new record company, TK Records. KC and the Sunshine Band released various hits such as "Get Down Tonight", "That's The Way I Like It" and "Shake Your Booty" on this label. Also, Stone was the driving force behind a series of classic disco numbers like "Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae, The Beginning of the End's "Funky Nassau", “Why Can’t We Live Together” by Timmy Thomas, Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell", Little Beaver's "Party Down", Gwen McCrae's "Rockin’ Chair", Peter Brown's "Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me" and “Crank It Up”, Blowfly’s “Blowfly’s Rapp”, and Jimmy Bo Horne’s “Spank”. But the list is actually much longer.
By the late seventies, the TK Records and its sister labels had become popular in the dance scene. Because of the disco backlash, TK Records ceased operating by 1981. However, Henry Stone joined forces with Morris Levy of Roulette Records to form the Sunnyview label, which released cult records like “Jam On It” by Newcleus. In addition to this, Stone also became involved with Hot Productions in the reissue of dance classics.