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Leroy Hutson

Let's celebrate this talented artist. He deserves some accolades..

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Love Oh Love Hutson Feel The Spirit Hutson II Closer To the Source The Man
An amazing record -- quite possibly the best ever by Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson! The whole thing's a smooth soul masterpiece beyond compare -- a stunning blend of great songwriting, sexy vocals, and buttery production that rank it up there with the best work of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware, or Roy Ayers. Leroy's got a voice that's both warm and mellow, yet incredibly honest at the same time -- and the songs on the record show a range of colors and emotions that perfectly fit his unique style. Features mellow "Cool Out", the funky "Lucky Fellow", the sweet "All Because Of You", and the sublime cuts "It's Different" and "Can't Stay Away". The whole thing's great -- and is one of the crowning achievements of the Chicago soul scene! 2 LeRoy Hutson is one of the great songwriters, singers, producers in soul music - a superstar! Or at least he should've been. Over the years he's been getting more and more recognition for albums such as this, which he thoroughly deserves as this is one-helluvan-album. Released on Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records in 1975 (LeRoy replaced Curtis in the Impressions before the inevitable move to go solo), this is possibly LeRoy's best LP as it contains the all-time classics 'All Because Of You' and 'Lucky Fellow' which are bona-fide soul treasures! But the whole thing is great and will appeal to lovers of real soul, rare groove, funk, and great quality music!
Leroy Hutson - 1975 - Leroy Hutson
Tracklisting:
A1 All Because Of You (7:03)
A2 I Bless The Day (4:45)
A3 It's Different (4:42)
B1 Cool Out (3:00)
B2 Lucky Fellow (5:02)
B3 Can't Stay Away (6:33)
B4 So Much Love (3:19)
Love Oh Love
1. So in Love with You
2. Love, Oh Love
3. When You Smile
4. Getting It On
5. Time Brings on a Change
6. I'll Be There, I'll Still Care
7. I'm in Love with You Girl
8. As Long as There's Love Around

LEROY HUTSON Feel the spirit
1. It's the Music
2. Let's Be Lonely Together
3. Never Know What You Can Do (Give It a Try)
4. Lover's Holiday
5. Feel the Spirit ('76)
6. Don't Let It Get Next to You
7. Butterfat
One of the most underrated soul producers of the '70s, multi-talented producer/singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Leroy Hutson began his career in various vocal groups around his hometown of Newark, NJ, in the '60s, but saw his early success as a co-writer for Howard University roommate Donny Hathaway's 1970 hit single "The Ghetto." Hutson would later replace Curtis Mayfield in 1971 as the lead singer in the Impressions and stayed with them until 1973, when he followed in Mayfield's footsteps and launched his own solo career. His smooth, imaginative productions set the bar very high for everyone at the label (including its owner) to follow suit. Although his lyrics were not as politically fueled as Mayfield's, Hutson's love-inspired songs were responsible for a string of mid-'70s classics for which he and Curtom are best known.

While he would enjoy the commercial success during a string of albums in the mid- to late '70s, he also lent his production and songwriting skills to several labelmates, including the Natural Four. After the closing of Curtom Records in 1980, Hutson's career diminished into obscurity with the exception of 1982's jazz-funk-tinged Paradise. However, he has maintained a strong cult following among soul collectors to this day, and in 2000 Sequel Records had the good sense to reissue not only the original albums on CD but a two-disc anthology spanning the greatest hits of his career. ~ Rob Theakston, All Music Guide

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Comment by Dr. Simon F. Quattlebaum on September 19, 2010 at 7:22pm
LOL! Got it Cherene!! That was then...My 'other' life!! Found the turntable and the 45...Sounds good!!
Comment by Cherene Snow on September 17, 2010 at 11:51pm
Watch out now Simon!!!!
Comment by Dr. Simon F. Quattlebaum on September 17, 2010 at 4:07pm
With all the scratches, pops, and quiet hisses, I mustve worn out a few needles (and the 45) playing Lery Hutson's 'So in Love". Even when I didn't have that plastic disc for the middle of the 45, I got so good at using my thumb and index finger to run this jam for Hazel, Lauren, Lorraine, Bonita, Gina....Now, where's my turntable?
Comment by Edie Antoinette on September 15, 2010 at 10:32pm
Very Cool! Thanks for telling him too. I love Leroy Hutson...
Comment by Cherene Snow on September 15, 2010 at 10:24pm
Sent Leroy a message and your message verbatim!! He has a new album out! It's live in London!!! Cool Huh?
Comment by Cherene Snow on September 15, 2010 at 10:10pm
I will send him a message and tell him about the site!!!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on September 15, 2010 at 11:37am
He is fantastic. Tell him he has someone that has always appreciated him Cherene.
Comment by Cherene Snow on September 15, 2010 at 11:20am
Leroy Hutson and I are friends on Myspace!!! He's still singing and performing!!! He looks great!!! My favorite: So In Love!!! Ooooh Goodness!!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 8, 2009 at 10:49pm
Ohhh, thank you Sole7! I needed that! I have played Love Oh Love so many times today...you made remember this jam. I used to love dancing off this one!
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on April 8, 2009 at 9:50pm
Now this is niceeeeeeeeeeeee and so well put together...Another reason why this site is the best oldies site on the internet...SMILE
 

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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) yahoo.com 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 ::

Sounds of 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

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