The direction of dance music changed course in Miami, Florida in 1972 when bassist/songwriter Rick Finch met Henry Stone (TONE Disributors/TK Records Owner/President/CEO) through introductions by house producers/writers at TK. Seeing his potential and believing he would be a good fit at TK, Finch quickly established himself as a young engineering phenom, recording numerous 45 RPM singles at the label before the age of 17.
Finch was eventually introduced to Tone Distributor stockroom clerk, phone receptionist and budding singer/songwriter/keyboardist Harry Wayne Casey (KC). Soon after meeting and at Henry Stone's urging, the magic began. Stone knew he had 'lightening in a bottle' with these two young men and gave them ready 'after hours' access to the recording studio to experiment and create. Much of KC and Rick's early work was recorded on discarded tape from other sessions rescued from the studio garbage can.
The first commercially successful Casey/Finch collaboration ("Rock Your Baby" - recorded by George McCrae) soared up the charts, and was the first song responsible for coining the term 'disco,' as it became a favorite in clubs worldwide. Soon after, the two co-founded 'KC and the Sunshine Band' and began recording hit songs of their own.
The Casey/Finch partnership played a pivotal role in changing the sound and direction of 20th Century pop music and their influence is felt on many of today's recordings, utilized thousands of times in radio and tv commercials, movies, soundtracks and artist sampling.
The signature Rick Finch bass lines are recognized worldwide and have been sampled by artists including 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Ultra Nate and Beyoncé to name a few.
* Over 150 million recordings worldwide
* Twelve Grammy nominations
(including three 1st round 'Producer' nominations for Finch in 2010)
* Three Grammy Awards
* One American Music Award
* 15 BMI Songwriter/Arranger Awards
* Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum awards
* 17 #1 pop singles - including four #1 singles in one12-month period
* Three crossover #1 hits and two albums achieving triple platinum status
* Star on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame'