TK Records Reunites for Henry Stone Documentary With George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Latimore, Little Beaver, and Others

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Photo by Jacob Katel
TK Records' Willie Clark, Clarence Reid, Chocolate Perry, George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, Little Beaver, Jimmie Bo Horne, Paul Lewis, Latimore, Henry Stone, and Steve Alaimo.
In the 1970s, Miami's Henry Stone and TK Productions sold hundreds of millions of records around the world. Yes, hundreds of millions of records around the world. 

TK was a humble eight-track studio in Hialeah operated by a close-knit team of musicians and songwriters. The family worked together on each other's songs and made huge hits.

This house of R&B dominated the global music market with a "Miami sound" that's never gotten its just due. But now, Grammy-nominated director Mark Moormann with Beacon Films is working on a feature film about Henry Stone, the local music mogul who made it all happen. And yesterday, some of the label's greatest hit-makers got together for a reunion at Audio Vision in North Miami and a scene in the movie.

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The world knows Latimore for his monster hit "Let's Straighten It Out" (recently featured in a George Clooney tequila commercial), but as a great piano player, he also played keys on many other TK classics.

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Henry Stone and son Joe Stone with movie crew.

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Willie Clark and Clarence Reid compose the songwriting team that brought the world Betty Wright's million-selling "Cleanup Woman."

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Willie "Little Beaver" Hale (left) is a guitarist so good that Jaco Pastorius used to hang out at TK just to watch him work. He's the man behind "Party Down," "Katie Pearl," and the crazy double riff that starts out "Cleanup Woman." Jimmie "Bo" Horne is the disco-funk master behind "Spank." And Paul Lewis, sax player, toured the world, dominating Billboard with KC & the Sunshine Band.

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George McCrae gets wired for sound.
George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" signifies disco music's first international hit record, which reached number one in 26 countries and sold more than 10 million copies in its first year. If you really listen, it's actually just a very danceable R&B song, and that's why it went so hard in the discotheques of the time.

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"Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas (second from right) not only sold millions of copies but also was chosen as the official song for the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa and the ending of apartheid.

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As a 17-year-old kid, George "Chocolate" Perry (left) was given keys to the studio. His bass playing can be heard on most any song that came out of TK. He leveraged his work there into future endeavors with the Bee Gees; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and many others.

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Henry Stone moved to Miami around 1948, and his story is intricately woven through the entire history of modern American recorded music, as well as the evolution of its sale, distribution, and promotion. He and his son Joe Stone are still going strong with Henry Stone Music.

Check out HenryStoneMusic.com.

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vernon1813
vernon1813

The True Flavor Of Miami Soul Music Is Back Stronger Than Ever With A Documentary On The Honorable Legendary Icon' Mr Henry Stone' He,s Consider The Main Fabric Of Miami Soul He Has Indelibly Sewn His Names Into The Fabric Of Of Soul. With Some Of The Key Players All World Legends Themselves ' Like '' Latimore '' George & Gwen McCrea ''Betty Wright '' Timmy Thomas''Little Beaver '' K.C. & The Sunshine Band '' Clarence Reids '' T-Connection '' Little Milton '' And These Historical Legends '' Ray Charles''  James Brown'' Are Some Of The Greatest Legends Who Have Recorded For The Honorable Henry Stone And They Will Be Part Of This Historial Documentary In  Honor To Mr Henry Stone. Henry Stone Is One Of The Most Talented Producer In The World For The Last Six Decades, At This Time Henry Stone Are In The Studio Of Henry Stone Music Studio With The Ambassador Of Miami Soul Working On '' Latimore'' Upcoming New Album '' Latimore Remember''Ray Charles' Featuring The Hit,s Classic'' Hit The Road Jack'' Featuring 'Gwen McCrea And Her Daughter This Will Be 'Henry Stone Biggest Hit Album Of His 60th Career. I Know As Veteran Radio Air Personality With Over 46 Year On The Air, It Takes Values To Recognize The Importance Of Great Skills In This Music Industry And Henry Stone Have Proven That. The Miami Heritage Live In The Life Of The ''Honorable Mr Henry Stone'' So I Know For A Fact We Will Be Getting Ready For A Beautiful ''Hit,s The Road With Jack Tour' Featuring The Ambassador Of Miami Soul '' Benny Latimore For The '' Summer Of 2013 With The Release Of ' Latimore Remember Ray Charles' Cd. We Would Like To Thank    George'' Chocolate'' Perry And Liitle Beaver ''Clarence Reids George & Gwen McCrea K.C. &The Sunshine Band '' Timmy Thomas ''Betty Wright '' That They Has Played In This Major Documentary In Tribute To The Honorable ''Henry Stone'                 Vernon Campbell  Veteran Air Personality/MD                                                                                                One Accord Broadcasting Corp/ KTLR AM 890                                                                                      Oklahoma   City Oklahoma                                                                                                                        E-Mail    oneaccord1951@hotmail.com                   

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vernon1813
vernon1813

The True Flavor Of Miami Soul Music Is Back Stronger Than Ever With A Documentary On The Honorable Legendary Icon' Mr Henry Stone' He,s Consider The Main Fabric Of Miami Soul He Has Indelibly Sewn His Names Into The Fabric Of Of Soul. With Some Of The Key Players All World Legends Themselves ' Like '' Latimore '' George & Gwen McCrea ''Betty Wright '' Timmy Thomas''Little Beaver '' K.C. & The Sunshine Band '' Clarence Reids '' T-Connection '' Little Milton '' And These Historical Legends '' Ray Charles''  James Brown'' Are Some Of The Greatest Legends Who Have Recorded For The Honorable Henry Stone And They Will Be Part Of This Historial Documentary In  Honor To Mr Henry Stone. Henry Stone Is One Of The Most Talented Producer In The World For The Last Six Decades, At This Time Henry Stone Are In The Studio Of Henry Stone Music Studio With The Ambassador Of Miami Soul Working On '' Latimore'' Upcoming New Album '' Latimore Remember''Ray Charles' Featuring The Hit,s Classic'' Hit The Road Jack'' Featuring 'Gwen McCrea And Her Daughter This Will Be 'Henry Stone Biggest Hit Album Of His 60th Career. I Know As Veteran Radio Air Personality With Over 46 Year On The Air, It Takes Values To Recognize The Importance Of Great Skills In This Music Industry And Henry Stone Have Proven That. The Miami Heritage Live In The Life Of The ''Honorable Mr Henry Stone'' So I Know For A Fact We Will Be Getting Ready For A Beautiful ''Hit,s The Road With Jack Tour' Featuring The Ambassador Of Miami Soul '' Benny Latimore For The '' Summer Of 2013 With The Release Of ' Latimore Remember Ray Charles' Cd. We Would Like To Thank    George'' Chocolate'' Perry And Liitle Beaver ''Clarence Reids George & Gwen McCrea K.C. &The Sunshine Band '' Timmy Thomas ''Betty Wright '' That They Has Played In This Major Documentary In Tribute To The Honorable ''Henry Stone'                 Vernon Campbell  Veteran Air Personality/MD                                                                                                One Accord Broadcasting Corp/ KTLR AM 890                                                                                      Oklahoma   City Oklahoma                                                                                                                        E-Mail    oneaccord1951@hotmail.com                   

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coconutgrovelive
coconutgrovelive

Henry Stone and the great crew of musicians at TK Records   Great times and fond memories.  Glad  they are making a well deserved documentary

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

 And exactly how do you know it was a "high-powered rifle"?

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And exactly what in your deep well of knowledge, is a "high-powered rifle".  Is it just one of the catch phrase you fascists like to toss out there to demonize those who chose to arm themselves?   Like the ridiculous term "Assault Weapon".

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