Joan Carol Stone has been an executive secretary, songwriter, singer, author and publisher. She was born in Michigan and has one older brother, Ronald. When she was seven, her parents, Leo and Daisy, moved to a farm near Punxsutawney, PA. It was here where she developed a deep love for nature, animals, and music. Five years later, her parents relocated to California.
She is athletic and has participated in numerous sports which include: swimming, women’s track, tennis, biking and hiking. She and her brother attended San Fernando High School. During her senior year, she was a cheerleader and was voted Vice President of her class.
After high school, she worked as a secretary for Bank of America. Later, she became a secretary in the Aerospace Industry. During this time frame, she married her boyfriend, Carl. They amicably parted ways five years later.
She was a secretary at Capitol Records/Hollywood for five years; she worked in the Promotion Department and later in the A&R Departments. It was at Capitol that she gained considerable knowledge of the promotional and creative aspects of the music business. The recording artists that she met included: Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Nancy Wilson, The Beach Boys, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Linda Ronstadt and Peggy Lee.
After leaving Capitol Records, she worked as an executive secretary for numerous years in the Motion Picture Industry, which included Universal Studios and Burbank Studios wherein she met countless writers and actors.
She decided to dust off her songwriting dream and sang one of her songs at the Palomino club where Cliffie Stone was emceeing a talent show. At this time, Cliffie was also the Director of Gene Autry’s publishing companies. Cliffie liked her song and gave her his business card. A month later, Cliffie met with Carol and her co-writer, Marc Levine (bassist for Barry Manilow) wherein he published six of their songs in one of Gene Autry's publishing companies.
During this time frame, Cliffie's beloved wife, Dorothy, passed on. Three months later, they met for lunch to discuss song promotion and eventually started dating. They were married in 1989 and became inseparable. Since Cliffie was still musically active, he groomed her in all areas of the music business, such as: songwriting, publishing, record production, artist management, concert production and promotion. She participated in all of his musical activities and sang at numerous concerts with him. They annually attended the CMA and ACM award shows as well as the ASCAP and BMI Dinner award shows.
She felt privileged to co-author a book with him ~ Everything
You Always Wanted to Know About Songwriting But Didn't Know Who to Ask. They were interviewed on the Larry King Show and numerous TV/Cable shows and countless radio stations throughout the United States, Australia and Europe.
During the last five years of Cliffie’s life, he recorded his ideas and thoughts for his second book about the importance of participating in talent shows ~ You Gotta
Be Bad Before You Can Be Good. After he passed on, Joan Carol transcribed and edited his tapes and followed through on all that needed to be done, such as publishing, printing, endorsements and promotion, etc. Cliffie's talent book's release date and promotional party was held on May 23, 2000 at the Country Music Foundation’s Hall of Fame, which was located on Music Row. The speakers included: Kyle Young, Bruce Hinton, Jo Walker-Meador, Joan Carol Stone, Bobby Bare, Curtis Stone, Jeffrey “Buck” Ford, and Sherry Bond.
During the talent book's release date event, Kyle Young (Director of the Country Music Foundation) and Bruce Hinton (Chairman Emeritus of MCA-Nashville and Chairman of the Country Music Foundation), thoughtfully surprised Joan Carol Stone with the Country Music Foundation’s “Award of Appreciation,” which she felt honored to receive. (See below photos.)
After both of her beloved parents passed away, Joan Carol and her two dogs (Melody and Tempo) relocated to one of the most spiritual and beautiful places in the world, Sedona, AZ. She continues to administer songs in Cliffie Stone Publishing. Intermittently, she attends the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music events. Her interests include music, singing, photography, biking and hiking with her dog, Jasmine.
Website Photo Credits
A “special thank you” to ALL the photographers and ALL the Archive Organizations whose
wonderful photographs have helped to enhance the historical value of Cliffie Stone’s website!
They include: Hope Powell Archives, Dan Watson, Chris Jones, Freeman Ramsey, Staff Photographer - The Tennessean,
Alan Clark Archives, Joan Carol Stone Archives, Howard Levine, Kim Beal, Capitol Record’s Archives, KTLA Archives,
BMI Archives, ASCAP Archives, ACM Archives, CMA Archives and NBC Archives.