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At 6:05am on March 23, 2011, KnightD12 said…
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At 6:58pm on February 19, 2011, Calihoney said…
Helllo!!!I miss you Ms.Bert...

♥Cali
At 4:05am on January 14, 2011, KnightD12 said…
EMMA  GAVE ME  A EASY RECIPE FOR SNOW CREAM.  NEXT TIME IT SNOWS I`M GONNA TRY IT. I THINK YOU HAVE TO USE FRESH SNOW.
At 9:26am on January 10, 2011, KnightD12 said…

WE GOT A GOOD SNOW THIS TIME ...DIDN`T WE?  DOES ANYBODY OVER THERE KNOW THE RECIPE FOR SNOW ICE CREAM????

 

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At 5:16pm on January 9, 2011, Edie2k2 said…
Hey Bertie Bert! Nice upgrade and your profile pic is SLAMMING! Thanks for coming over---I'm doing fine and when I grow up I wanna be just like YOU! LOL! Much Love!
At 11:27am on January 8, 2011, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Berttttttttttttt....How you been doing? hope all is well in your world.
At 11:37pm on January 7, 2011, KnightD12 said…

Long time, no see.   Nice of you to drop by.

 

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At 4:47am on January 4, 2011, Edie2k2 said…
Hi Bert ♥ It's so good to see you. I miss you and think about you all the time. I guess I should have said something sooner. It's really good to see you. Hope all is well.
At 3:23pm on December 16, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Berty Bert Berttttttttt....LOL. How you feeling over here? do i need to do something funny to make you feel better....LOL
At 7:03pm on October 22, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
how's My Bert?
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HEY BABYGURL.~
At 12:36pm on October 7, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Hey Bert, how you been doing? hope you having a great day so far
At 7:53am on October 3, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
That's no problem Sweet Bert...love you!
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backatcha' Bert
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What's up mom? Do you have your computer back up and running?

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I got it. You did good. Its a little dark but I can see it just fine. Thanks.
 
 
 

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Spotlight | Maze




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 ::

The Sounds of Edie2k2

  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 — Can't Get Over You
  6. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  7. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  8. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  9. play Norman Brown — Still
  10. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  11. play miles 2
  12. play miles 3
  13. play miles 4
  14. play miles 5
  15. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  16. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  17. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  18. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue

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