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TK Records Co-Founder Henry Stone Dead at 93

Image courtesy of Henry Stone (L) with George McCrae; Gilles Petard/Redferns (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Henry Stone (L) with George McCrae; Gilles Petard/Redferns (via ABC News Radio)

Henry Stone , who was involved in the careers of Ray Charles , James Brown , KC & the Sunshine Band and other artists, has died.

The Miami Herald reports Stone died Thursday in a hospital of natural causes at the age of 93.

Stone established a record-distribution business and recording studio in Miami in 1948. Three years later, he recorded his first artist, Ray Charles.

Later, Stone played a role in the signing of James Brown and The Famous Flames to King Records.  The act subsequently scored a hit in 1956 with "Please, Please, Please."

Stone co-founded TK Records in 1972 with former singer Steve Alaimo and became known for releasing dance and disco music.  The label's biggest success was KC & the Sunshine Band, whose hits on TK included "Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way (I Like It)," and "Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty)."

As disco music faded in popularity, TK Records went bankrupt in 1981.  In 2004, Stone received a the Lifetime Achievement award from the Dance Music Hall of Fame.


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