Thank you. It was hard to do because my entire immediate family has passed away. You are right you would have felt right at home with them. I would like it if you did something to let us see your family.
These are wonderful! I was cracking UP at little India with her duckie in the pail!
These kinds of photos are my favorite because they tell a story. Yall was cool in '76.
I am going through them again. Thanks Vee!
I can't even imagine. I still cry for my Daddy like it was yesterday. That's why I love
Jehovah so much. He can't wait to wake them up and see us hugging and smiling
again. The Bible says he "yearns" to do it. He is going to erase all of this so we
won't even remember the pain and sometimes I wish I could fly up to Heaven and hug his neck
tight. Stay strong my sister---it's almost here. ♥
Edie your comment is so encouraging. Even though I share that same hope sometimes the pain is still a lot to cope with. After the brother died it signaled a different kind of pain, that of having no immediate family from childhood left. I am going to count my blessings right here and now and say I still have my husband and children. You are not lying it is almost here. Thanks Edie. You dragged me out of the dumps. LOL.
Awww, you are very precious to me. Death is not something that Jehovah had in mind at all. Those dopes Adam and Eve sold us down the river for a doggone PIECE OF FRUIT! I can only imagine how that pained Jehovah. Death is unnatural...the worst enemy that there is, but I keep clinging in the back of my mind to the hope that we have. I keep forgetting and have to be snapped out of it.
In the past I was just going to dull it---what a igmo I was. Now that I got some sense, I done kilt my po' body! *shaking my head in sackcloth and ashes* LOL! But thanks to Jehovah for the Ransom! That means it's like an Etch a Sketch and I can start all over drawing towards Paradise!
How wonderful a gift---the Ransom. *sigh* Ahhhhh. First thing I'mma do in Paradise is unzip this doggone fat suit and run to the lake. ROFL!!!!!!!
You are very welcome. You are right about the memories. We can share them and hold on to them. My daughter and I laugh everyday about stuff my mom and grandmother used to say. Those two were some hilarious characters.
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.