Tonya Anderson's Groups (22)

  • Neo Soul Cafe'

    23 members Latest Activity: Feb 19, 2018 ...Southern Pecan Goodness.

  • All Things Funk

    17 members Latest Activity: Feb 14, 2018 The Group Name And Picture Says It All

  • HOTHOUSE Traxx

    11 members Latest Activity: Jun 16, 2018 BYOF:Bring
    Your Own FireExtinguisher..

  • Cinema Treasures

    10 members Latest Activity: Feb 23, 2013

    When I was little, there were 4 movie theaters on
    63rd & Halsted in Chicago-The Englewood,
    The Empress, The Kim and The Southtown.…

  • Blues Lounge..♪♫♪

    13 members Latest Activity: Jul 17, 2018 ..dedicated to Blues Lovers everywhere.

  • Divas

    14 members Latest Activity: Sep 26, 2017 Many are gone..*some too soon* but NOT forgotten. I miss Minnie Riperton and Phyllis Hyman. I miss Shirley Horn..This group is put together to…


    19 members Latest Activity: Oct 1, 2018 The world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. Come, explore..share.

  • One Hit Wonders

    24 members Latest Activity: Feb 14, 2018 This group will focus on mostly one hit wonders from any singer or singing group, it can also include singers or singing groups that most people…

  • Cooley High

    9 members Latest Activity: Sep 10 My favorite movie of all time. Let's share the memories and discuss it.

  • Soul Train

    26 members Latest Activity: Sep 27 An integral part of my youth was "The S O U L...Train!!!

  • The Steppers Palace

    24 members Latest Activity: Apr 22, 2012 Chicago..where it all began with The Bop. I know, because I was there. Welcome!

  • Games

    5 members Latest Activity: Jan 21, 2009 Relax and enjoy a game!

  • BlueLight Basement Party

    34 members Latest Activity: Jan 19, 2019 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.

  • I ♥ DOO WOP

    11 members Latest Activity: Sep 3, 2017 The name says it all. I will always remember the soothing sounds of those crooners outside my window at night with their melodious harmony. The year…

  • Black Classic Movies

    7 members Latest Activity: Sep 2, 2013 Theatrically released movies, artistically, culturally, or historically significant to the african-american community. Any african- american film,…


    7 members Latest Activity: May 27, 2011 It's my town--what can I say?

  • E.FM Radio Lovers

    20 members Latest Activity: Mar 26, 2020

    Simply put..the BEST Music Streamin..
    Live from the transmitters of edie2k2, 24/7
    365+ *so what are you waiting for?

  • Miles Dewey Davis III

    10 members Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2010

    Miles Davis' career spanned 50 years. He was the archetypal figure representing the jazz genre. For those that
    love him, this is the place to…

  • Jazz Lounge

    21 members Latest Activity: Mar 27, 2020 I went home to Chicago over the weekend and found me some JAZZ! Here it is.

  • JazzMasters

    13 members Latest Activity: Sep 15, 2017 An upper room to gather and share facts and music; to contemplate and find stimulation in the heritage bestowed upon us by the Masters of Jazz, of…

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  1. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  2. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  3. play Norman Brown — Still
  4. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  5. play miles 2
  6. play miles 3
  7. play miles 4
  8. play miles 5
  9. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  10. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  11. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  12. 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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