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So...tell us about yourself Rico...how did you start your mixing career?
Wow, this is something else,i am caught off guard on this one Edie,,,now you know i am a shy kinda guy,but i will comply as best that i can,,,,,it all started with my parents,back in the early 60s,,,,,, ,mom and dad were always having some kind of party at the house when pops was in the air force in South Dakota ,he would have his buddies and their family come over and it seems like they would party all night long,i got my first taste of the music Bug then,listening to Jackie Wilson ,James Brown Jr,Walker,and so on,,,,,Then we moved to Jersey City,and the same ol same ol,,,Parties,and more Parties,,,,,me and my brother would be dancing and collecting all that cash money,,,,,you know how those old folks would be saying to the young kids ,,,hey ,yall come in here and show us that new dance thats out,and we go and lay new tile on the floor,,,lol,,,getting older i started splicing two turntables together without a mixer then,and by the time i was 16,17 i started playing in the local lounge called T &Js Lounge,,,and highschool parties,what memories,,by the time i was in my 20s I formed Mayner Prodution,and was spinning on three turn tables and scraching on the reel to reel and playing at choice clubs in upstate NY and NJ ,College parties and battles with the sugarhill gangs DJs sound on sound,,,,i thought they were good ,but you know that im going to say that was better ,well ,i was,,,lol,,, then getting a little radio play on WHBI and cutting my first record on wax in NYC Sunshine records on 46th street,,,there are so many memories, had lots of fun,,,,,then i lost my mojo when the technolgy was getting behind,i decided to retire from djing in 1988,,,,,,,and now at 50 got a little nudge from Edie and some friends,to go ot and buy a mixer and try and recapture some of those old moments,,,,,,,,,,,,and this is what came out,,,,,,,,,Mayner Mixes,,,,,,thanks edie ,,,,,,,,Enrico of Mayner Production ( rmayner )click to comment
I LOVED reading this Mayner--very insightful. You know you have that mojo on this one man..whew---lawd!

Excellent Mixes!!!! Thanks for sharing dear..
Old School C ,i remember when i did this and posted it,and you doing the running man ,lol,,i like it but ,,,i can do alot better,,,,,this is when i first got back on the mix,,,first time in 19 years ,,,,,but if i had a real studio to work out of,,,,,,,,,i can realy say this,,,,,,,,there would be no kid capree,or pherell,,,,ok maybe pherell,,but this was the LOVE OF MY LIFE back then,and i still have love for the MIX,,,,,,thanks Old school C
It would be nice to have a studio,to release the REAL MAGIC...

You ain't HAWDLY right! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
That "I have a dream" is off the meters!!!!
Rico--I'm getting your boss mixes together. Imeem will only let 30 secs play. *surprise* Stay tuned everybody!
I enjoyed reading that interview....IMEEM IS WACK...LOL

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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.
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