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'Images of Haiti"

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Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 27, 2013 at 8:32pm
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Comment by Edie Antoinette on September 5, 2010 at 1:19pm
Precious Cherene...Welcome!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on January 20, 2010 at 9:14pm
Welcome Cindy~
Comment by Edie Antoinette on January 20, 2010 at 9:14pm
How beautiful are your words Daton. Just....I'm speechless. Thank you.
Comment by Daton O Fullard on November 17, 2009 at 8:08pm

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"Simply Edie"

A flower grows in fields of soil so rich
With petals and colors of rainbow hues
Birds and butterfly's dance with magic
Wings..As Hummingbirds bow before
All..that is so special exotic and true
About the gentle heart beating in you

A heart so tender..Bedded with feathers
For all..Skin so a baby's so new..
Eyes of brown chocolate..Hair of Caramel..
With fragrances of sweetest strawberries..
Mixed with scented roses and lilacs singing
an ode to such a Lady so "Simply Edie" too

An arrow of straight flight..Shot forth from
Bow..of ancient tales..made of day and night
Sent forth to touch the Heart and Soul of
A Princess..To fill her very Soul with delight

For no ordinary arrow was this..Nor path
To her feet was it to fall..It was to be her
Reigning moment of full awakening..To fill
and pierce Her with such Joy..Soon to be
so easily seen..By the genteel eyes of all

As I soon passed near her essence..A tiny
Bird came to sing at her feet..And all that
Heard the song being sung..Then came to
See and meet the..Lady" Simply Edie"..They
would each now warmly embrace and..So
graciously and ever so gently..soon greet..

For inside her Heart she soon glowed like a
happy firefly..Whose inner Light could now
be seen for many miles..But no bearer of
Darkness could come into her presence..
For such was the true magnificence..Of the
Graceful Compassionate..nature of her eyes
sparkling bold colors with a childlike smile..

This is My Hearts Gift to The sweetest
most wonderfilled Friend..So alive in the
Soft music filled walls and elegant halls
of you.. "Edie2k2"

Excerpted from "The African Journals" Vol I
"The Things I Would Say To You If I Could"
Authored By Daton O. Fullard
Copyrighted 2009 © All Rights Reserved

I hope this makes you feel like the Princess
you are..Never let anyone rob you of the
Joy..That is the true inner light of your
"Rising Star" My Dear Friend..Hope you are
feeling better soon..Much Luv 4 u my Sista
and all you try and do..From those near and

Comment by Patricia OldSkooler on May 5, 2009 at 10:53am
I feel ya and can relate!!!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on May 4, 2009 at 8:55pm
Welcome home MISTA...
Comment by Edie Antoinette on January 26, 2009 at 11:20pm
Welcome Bill...

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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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