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 Henry Stone

Henry Stone

Birth
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 7 Aug 2014 (aged 93)
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial North Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 148756134 · View Source
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Original name: Henry David Epstein. His love for music started as a teen when he played trumpet while growing up in an orphanage in Pleasantville, New York. During World War II, he served in the Army and played trumpet in a racially integrated band and developed an appreciation of what were called "race records." Stone opened up a record-distribution business and recording studio in South Florida in 1948 and within a few years recorded his first artist, a pianist-singer from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind who would later become the legendary Ray Charles.
Stone released Otis Williams and the Charms' No. 1 R&B hit, "Heart of Stone", in 1954. He was also instrumental in signing James Brown and the Famous Flames, earning the hit, "Please, Please, Please," which topped the R&B in 1956. 1n 1972, Stone (along with Steve Alaimo) founded TK Records (named after Terry Kane, a sound engineer who built the studio on the second floor of Stone's offices in Hialeah, Fl., a Miami suburb), which included similar labels he founded. Its biggest hits included "Clean-Up Woman" by Betty Wright, "Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas, "Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae, "Rockin' Chair" by Gwen McCrae, "Get Down Tonight", "That's the Way (I Like It)", "Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty)" and "I'm Your Boogie Man" by the racially integrated KC & the Sunshine Band (the company's largest selling act), "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me" and "Dance with Me" by Peter Brown, "Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward and "What You Won't Do For Love" by Bobby Caldwell.
TK Records went bankrupt in 1981.


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  • Created by: W. Arnold Holmes
  • Added: 6 Jul 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 148756134
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Stone (3 Jun 1921–7 Aug 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 148756134, citing Riverside-Gordon Memorial Gardens, North Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by W. Arnold Holmes (contributor 46956166) .