BlueLight Basement Party


BlueLight Basement Party

Remember when ...on any given night you could find a blue light shining from somebody's basement, to guide you to the house party? This is that place.

Location: Memory Lane
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Latest Activity: Jan 19, 2019

Back in the day, the place to party, other than in the school gym for sock hops, was to get together in someone's basement to dance the night away to great sounds. We'd turn on the blue lights ... make some popcorn ...fill some bowls with potato chips ... make some punch. Folks would always have their own concoctions though, like Ripple or Boone's Farm, White Port and Koolaid. Fond memories, indeed.

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Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 27, 2009 at 11:12am
*sitting down with my catfish basket and fries with slaw* Right now this is thee place for a sistah!

*bobbin to La La La Means I Love You* Pass me the hotsauce please...
Comment by KnightD12 on February 20, 2009 at 12:46pm
Watchin MusicMan do da James Brown split.. in da middle of the dance floor. Go Brotha! :)
Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 19, 2009 at 4:40pm
Heyyyy and Welcome Lydell!!!! This is the stuff right 'chere!!!! Put your dancing shoes on! LOL!!!! *thank you*
Comment by Lydell Jackson on February 19, 2009 at 2:55pm
Girl You are Frightful...I mean fierce!!!!! Everywhere I visit it just get's better....OMG!!! Do you ever stop? (LOL)
Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 15, 2009 at 8:41am
Yes Gene..Walter didn't get his props. I love his voice!!!

Musicman..I'll have to add some James Brown. I thought I had Man's World on here...thanks for bringing it to my attention. And where's MY cheeseburgah???
Comment by KnightD12 on February 14, 2009 at 9:55pm
Oh my! Walter Jackson is playing. I love that song. What amazes me is that he never got the recognition he deserved. One of the most distinct voices ever. Smooth as silk.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 12, 2009 at 10:24am
LOL @ Gene! I hear that! Gimmee some of that sammich Mista!!!!
Comment by KnightD12 on February 4, 2009 at 4:53am
I`m here! Over at a corner table, eating a fish samich and sippin` on a cold one. And swaying to the beat of Cleo`s Back. Ohhh YEAH!!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 4, 2009 at 1:41am
What's happening people!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on January 26, 2009 at 7:59pm
Thanks Dear...I'm trying.

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Spotlight | Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
  4. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  5. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  6. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  7. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  8. play Norman Brown — Still
  9. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
  12. play miles 4
  13. play miles 5
  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  15. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  16. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  17. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue

The history of the Butlers/Raw Soul is dense, but for all of us music nerds, that's normal. It is not totally clear what year the Butlers actually formed but they released their first single in 1963 on Liberty Records. That single was "She Tried To Kiss Me" and another single followed on Guyden entitled "Lovable Girl." After the Guyden single the Butlers took a break not recording another record until the single "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" was released on the Phila label in 1966. The group also backed Charles Earland and Jean Wells on one Phila single ("I Know She Loves Me"). 

As you might be noticing, the Butlers were doing a fair amount of recording but not achieving much success. The group's recordings sold regionally but never had the promotion to make an impact on the national scene. After the single with Phila, the Butlers moved to the Fairmount label (part of the Cameo-Parkway family) and released a handful of singles, some being reissued singles of the past. The Butlers were with Fairmount for 1966-67 and then moved to Sassy Records. Sassy released the group's greatest single (in my opinion) "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" b/w "If That's What You Wanted." A copy of that 45 sold for just under $500 last summer on eBay. Even though that isn't that much in the world of record collecting--it's still a hefty sum. The Butlers released another single on Sassy ("She's Gone" b/w "Love Is Good") that appears to be even 
harder to come by then the "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" single.


The true history become a bit blurred here as the AMG biography states that the Butlers last record was released on C.R.S. in 1974 (". However, between 1971 and that single, Frankie Beverly formed a group called Raw Soul and released a number of singles. Some of the songs recorded by Beverly during this period are "While I'm Alone," "Open Up Your Heart," (both on the Gregor label) and "Color Blind." "Color Blind" was released by the Eldorado label and rerecorded by Maze. Beverly's big break came when Marvin Gaye asked Raw Soul to back him on a tour. Gaye helped Beverly/Raw Soul get a contract at Capitol. Beverly decided to take the group in a different direction, a name change occurred, and Maze was created. 

The above isn't the most complete history of Beverly but hopefully someone will know a way to get in touch with the man or his management because a comprehensive pre-Maze history needs to be done on Frankie Beverly (his real name is Howard, by the way). Below you'll find every Frankie Beverly (pre-Maze) song available to me right now ("Color Blind" will be up soon). 

If you have a song that is not included below, shoot it over to funkinsoulman (at) and it will go up in the next Frankie Beverly post (later this week--highlighting Maze). Also, if you have any more information please share your knowledge. The Butlers material has been comp-ed sporadically (usually imports) but the entire Maze catalog has been reissued and is available. 

Enjoy.  "She Kissed Me" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967) 
 "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" (not sure which label or year) "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" (Phila, 1966) "Because Of My Heart" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967)
 "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" (Sassy, 1967)
 "If That's What You Wanted" (Sassy, 1967)

Frankie Beverly is one of those cats that has lasting power. He started in the music business doing a tour with doo wop group the Silhouettes and then formed his own group called the Blenders. The Blenders never recorded a single, Beverly wouldn't appear on wax until forming the Butlers a few years later. Along with Beverly, the Butlers included Jack "Sonny" Nicholson, Joe Collins, John Fitch, and Talmadge Conway.

Beverly would later enjoy great success fronting Maze and Conway would become a
well-known penning Double Exposure's
"Ten Percent" and the Intruders' "Memories Are Here To Stay." 
 While Maze is a phenomenal group, Beverly's work before that group will always stand out as his best (imo).

The Butlers produced tunes that most Northern Soul fans would kill for and Raw Soul gave the funksters something to pursue. If, by chance, you know of a way to get in touch with Frankie Beverly or his management, please drop me an e-mail. It would be absolutely great to do an interview with him about his pre-Maze work. He's still playing out, most recently doing a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

Power...Through Simplicity ♪♫♪



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