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Let The Love

Going straight down raw, Ben Grayson aka Bennson is finally making his way through the Scandinavian mountains into the city of Stockholm with a knockout soul/boogie full-length album! If you’re digging that Luther sound of the late 70’s (check “Bad Boy (Having A Party)“ to get in deep), making love when you hear the voice of Chaka Khan and truly loving the beats of Don Blackman’s “Heart's Desire”. Well in that case, just add a few deep house kicks, new amazing vocal talents and a bit of the nu skool boogie thought and you get “Let The Love” by Bennson.

With an astonishing musical life Ben Grayson has done and experienced it all. Been taught music by former rock stars, learned to play the classical piano, played jazz covers in his teens, gone bonkers on a keytar with Aussie synth bands, and released quality underground dance music on his own recording label. With that said, the world is finally ready to embrace the new and brilliant sound of his recent alias, Bennson.

Working with some of the finest vocalists and musicians to rise out of “down under”, Ben gives us just a taste of the magnificent sound that has the potential of blowing the minds of any man, woman and child in need of some good old fashion soul with a 21st century twist. So when male and female vocalists like Abby Joyce and Kylie Aldus put their soul into work on tracks like “Whatever It Is” and the theme of the album, “Let The Love”…you know it’s on!

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A Place To Chill..♪♫♪
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I carry your heart with me
(I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it
(anywhere I go
you go, my dear;
...and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,
my darling)

I fear no fate
(for you are my fate,
my sweet)
I want no world
(for beautiful you are
my world, my true),
and it's you are
whatever a moon
has always meant
and whatever a sun
will always sing
is you.

Here is the deepest secret
nobody knows..
(here is the root of the root
and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky
of a tree called life;
which grows higher than the
soul can hope
or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder
that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart
(I carry it in my heart)

E Cummings
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At 1:57am on February 5, 2017, Edie Antoinette said…
At 4:39pm on March 4, 2011, Dr. Simon F. Quattlebaum said…
Never been to Chi-town...Looking to go one day...If this is the famous "loop", I'm looking forward to seeing it...
At 8:50am on March 3, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Thanks! Did it a long time ago....
At 8:33am on March 3, 2011, Lydell Jackson said…
Nice image loop...
 
 
 

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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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