RIP Henry Stone, King of Independent Records, Dead at 93

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Jacob Katel
Henry Stone, dancing his ass off at age 92, high above Biscayne Bay at Henry Stone Music headquarters, 2013

Henry Stone, king of the record business, passed away peacefully August 7, 2014, in Miami.

Throughout almost 80 years of wildly prolific musical activity, the 93-year-old had a hand in every aspect of the music business and was a true pioneer of independent manufacturing, promotion, and distribution.

In the 1970s, he ran the biggest independent record company in the world, TK Productions, responsible for the world's first global disco hit, George McCrae's genre-defining "Rock Your Baby," penned by the leaders of his biggest act ever, KC & the Sunshine Band. And lest anyone say otherwise, he made many artists very rich, always paid what he owed, and is held in high esteem by 90 percent of everybody who ever worked with him.

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Paco de Lucia Dead at 66

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Paco de Lucia, who changed jazz guitar in the 1970s and 1980s with his amazing finger work, apparently had a heart attack, his family reported.

A 1981 album, Friday Night in San Francisco, recorded with John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, is one of the top live jazz guitar albums of all time. His 1973 rumba, "Entre Dos Aguas," was one of the most popular songs ever recorded in Spain.

See also: The Unbelievable Paco de Lucia: A Career Overview

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Miami's DJ SonicC and Two Others Killed in Krome Avenue Car Accident

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Anthony "SonicC" Rodriguez.

Over the weekend, a head-on car accident on Krome Avenue tragically killed three people.

At approximately 1:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, a Dodge Durango SUV driven by 19-year-old Erick Betancourt veered into oncoming traffic and smashed into a Chevy Cavalier.

"The impact was so severe," Florida Highway Patrol trooper Joe Sanchez tells the Miami Herald, "that both vehicles ignited and were fully engulfed in flames."

Among the dead were Betancourt's teen sister Gisele, as well as both occupants of the Cavalier, Gabriel Hernandez and his friend Anthony Rodriguez, also known as DJ SonicC.

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Mack Emerman, Criteria Studios Founder, Dead at 89

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Over a half-century ago, Mack Emerman created Criteria Studios in North Miami.

In 1959, it was a modest single-room studio setup. But after forming a partnership with legendary Miami-bred producer Tom Dowd, Criteria became the headquarters for Atlantic Records South, blooming into a massive (and moneyed) operation that produced dozens of major international hits by Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, and so many others.

By 1988, though, the Criteria Studios founder was forced to give up his business. He attempted a comeback in the late '90s. But soon, his health started slipping. And this week, Maxwell Louis Emerman died at the age of 89.

See also:
-Mack Emerman: King of the Soundboard


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Mindy McCready Commits Suicide, Country Music Star Dead at 37

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Double-platinum country music recording star and the oft-tormented Mindy McCready was found dead at her Arkansas property last night, the victim of an apparent suicide. She was 37.

According to a statement released by the Cleburne County Sheriff's office, McCready died of a self-inflected gunshot wound Sunday afternoon on the front porch of her Heber Springs home after years of publicly battling drug and alcohol addiction, legal troubles, and personal setbacks.

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-Jenni Rivera, Latin Pop Star and "Diva of the Banda," Dies in Private Plane Crash in Mexico
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Ravi Shankar, Sitar Legend and Norah Jones's Father, Dead at 92

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As the music industry's collective heart weighs heavy with news that legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar passed away yesterday, some comfort can be found in tonight's Hurricane Sandy benefit show at Madison Square Garden.

When the likes of Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen gather this evening for 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, music's biggest names will be carrying a torch Shankar helped light 41-years ago at the same New York City venue.

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- Andy Williams, "Moon River" Singer and TV Legend, Dead at 84 From Bladder Cancer
- Jenni Rivera, Latin Pop Star and "Diva of the Banda," Dies in Private Plane Crash in Mexico

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Jenni Rivera, Latin Pop Star and "Diva of the Banda," Dies in Private Plane Crash in Mexico

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On Sunday morning at approximately 3 a.m., latin pop star Jenni Rivera boarded a private Learjet in Mexico, along with two pilots and four other passengers including her publicist, lawyer, and makeup artist.

Ten minutes later, they were all dead. The victims of a tragic plane crash in the desert.

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-Andy Griffith Dead at 86, a Musical Tribute: Five Songs That Whistle
-Andy Williams, "Moon River" Singer and TV Legend, Dead at 84 From Bladder Cancer
-Good-bye Dave Brubeck! Five Best Videos


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Good-bye Dave Brubeck! Five Best Videos

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Dave Brubeck was a white guy who knew rhythm like no one has ever known rhythm.

Son of a concert pianist and father of stunning jazz musicians, he died yesterday at age 91 -- the same age as my father. In a sense, Brubeck was my dad -- at least culturally. I saw him numerous times in concert, mostly in small venues. He was already an old guy back then in the late 1970s and '80s.

I never saw him with army buddy and genius sax player Paul Desmond. But somehow in my teens, their music became part of my life. They taught me things about harmonics and chords that I could never have learned any other way but listening to guys whom I respected.

In any case, jump to see five of their best.

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Holy Terrors' Rob Elba Talks Dan Hosker Tribute Show: "He Left Such a Legacy"

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Dan Hosker: 1966 - 2012
On August 11, Miami rock and experimental music mainstay Dan Hosker passed away due to injuries he sustained during a terrible car accident.

Hosker left behind a prodigious discography and performance legacy that stretched from grungy pop-punk to bludgeoning noise music and ol' timey swamp country. There was seemingly not a single instrument he didn't teach himself.

This December, those who loved the man will be celebrating his life on what would have been his 47th birthday. Of course, it's going down at Churchill's Pub. And of course, the lineup reads like a who's who of loud-and-dirty Miami.

Crossfade spoke with Hosker's longtime bandmate and best friend, Rob Elba, to learn more about the upcoming concert and the music charity it benefits.

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-Dan Hosker, Famed South Florida Punk and Holy Terrors Guitarist, Dead at 46
-Dan Hosker: Memorial Services for Local Punk Hero in Hollywood
-Dan Hosker and Holy Terrors in 50 Best Miami Bands of All Time

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R.I.P. Bobby Load, Friends & Fans Remember, Announce Fund for Memorial Services

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When Bobby Johnston, better known locally as Bobby Load, passed away yesterday, it seemed a particularly unfair piece of bad news for a segment of Miami's rock veterans. Following the old cliche of bad things happening in threes, Johnston's death marks the third loss in as many months for the same scene.

We would be remiss if we didn't again note the passing of the Holy Terrors' Dan Hosker this past August. But just over a week ago, fans and friends also mourned the loss of Eric Rivers, the singer for bands like Genetic Mistake and Pontius Pilot, who died two weeks after getting caught in a tragic office shooting in Minneapolis.

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-Bobby Load, Miami Punk Legend, Dies; Memorial Tribute Planned for Hialeah Fest

-Dan Hosker, Famed South Florida Punk and Holy Terrors Guitarist, Dead at 46

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