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Missing Out On My Today's

Posted on May 31, 2009 at 10:59pm 0 Comments

At an early age

I was told about Jesus

You go to the Lord in prayer

Cast all your cares upon his shoulders

I’m like a little kid

Standing on the banks of the great sea

Fishing rod in hand

I’ve tossed my hook in

Hoping to catch a blessing

The thing about it is, my hook is empty

I’m hoping that something

Anything will catch a whole

Again I’ve come up short

Rod empty in hand

Back to square one again

I’m walking away in hope… Continue

Can we heal from the past?

Posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:06am 2 Comments

One man's ambivalent retreat from his racist past

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Elwin Hope Wilson leans back in his recliner, a sad, sickly man haunted by time.

Antique clocks, at least a hundred of them, fill his neat ranch home on Tillman Street. Grandfather clocks, mantel clocks, cuckoos and Westministers, all ticking, chiming and clanging in an hourly cacophony that measures the passing days.

Why clocks? his wife Judy has often asked during their 49 years… Continue

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At 12:47pm on September 1, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
Are you okay??? Love means checking in sometimes ♥
At 5:44pm on June 3, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
Hey hey hey!!!!
At 10:26pm on May 31, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
..and did I mention I didn't even get a "thank you" from that person. *sigh*
At 10:25pm on May 31, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
I love you too Baby...you are one of the most gracious gentlemen around--a trait I simply appreciate.

I also appreciate when I get feedback on the music that I so copiously provide.
Thank you. I was a little disappointed earlier because a new member lifted my Reggae playlist from the Group and put it in iseecolor. No request, no compliment on the group or music--just took it and embedded it..I don't comprehend that, but ....

...you saved the day with grace. You know you are always right on time--right?
At 10:08pm on May 31, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
What a compliment! Be my guest ♥
At 3:03pm on May 31, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
You are a sweet and tender man. I was thinking about you today as well and wondering where you were. You must've felt it.
At 9:31pm on April 3, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Good evening to you Mizterman, hope everything is cool in your world...Have a great weekend.
At 5:27pm on April 3, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
It's great to see you..and you always leave such beautiful comments for me to savor...♥...I love the writing you left me too...♥ Thank You.

If you have time..respond to our newest member--John Barfield's Blog:
"What happened to music? A rant and a search for all things timeless"

We don't enough thought-provoking postings like that..well, I should clarify that and say we don't have enough support of that type of blog..anyway--be well.

Love you back..
At 3:10am on April 3, 2009, Edie2k2 said…
Checking In...how are you?
At 10:41pm on March 19, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Thanks for the compliment Mizterman...God bless you also and may you have a great night.

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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

The Best Music From The Past .. Present .. And Into The Future ♪♫♪

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