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    Ain't No Stoppin Us Now
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    At Last
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    Ooh Baby Baby
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    Play That Funky Music
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    TSOP (long version)
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    A Real Mother For Ya
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    Love 's Calling
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    Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)
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    Love Having You Around
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    Love's Holiday
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    Keep Your Head To The Sky
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    I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby
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    Ain't Nobody
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    What Cha' Gonna Do For Me
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    Mr. Penguin Pt. 1
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    Smiling Faces Sometimes
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    Court Of Love.mp3
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    Holy Ghost (Bad Ass Extened)
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    You Are My Starship
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    I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You
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    Drowing In The Sea Of Love
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    Feel Me
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    Right On The Tip Of My Tongue
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    5 10 15 20 (25-30 Years of Love)
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    Do Your Thing [*]
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    I Only Meant To Wet My Feet
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    Be Thankful For What You've Got
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    Wish That You Were Mine
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    Dream Merchant
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    Love T.K.O.
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    Can This Be Real
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    Stay In My Corner
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    I Want You Back
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    I Can Sing A Rainbow / Love Is Blue
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    Always Together
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    Slow Drag
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    Cowboys To Girls
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    Just You And Me Baby - The Spinners
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    I Could Never (Repay Your Love) - The Spinners
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    Love Don't Love Nobody-Pt. 1
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    Toast To The Fool
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    Sanford & Son Theme (The Streetbeater)
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    Get Up And Get Down
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    I Wanna Be Closer
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    Dukey Stick
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    I Call Your Name
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    What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)?
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    Outa Space
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    Where Did We Go Wrong
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    You Send Me
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    A Night To Remember (Extended)
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    Choice Of Colors
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    The Jacksons Five - Good Times
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    I Don't Want To Lose Your Love
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    Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady)
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    My mans an undertaker
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    For Lovers Only
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    Angel Dust
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    You're the Reason Why
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    I Love You Madly
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    Wear This Ring
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    Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)
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    I Can't Stop Dancing
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    Ready Or Not Here I Come
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    Rock Creek Park
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    Killer Joe
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    Not on the Outside
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    Sexy Mama - (album version)
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    Laid Back Girl
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    Make Me a Believer
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    Baby Workout
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    Sho'Nuff Must Be Luv
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    Fancy Dancer
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    Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
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    Invitation To Love
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    Mind Blowing Decisions
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    Cool Jerk
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    Tighten Up
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    Person To Person
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    We Don't Wanna Sit Down, We Wanna Get Down
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    (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
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    When Love Calls
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    I Can't Get Next To You
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    Natural High

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I play and write music, have my own band called Playground and I like listening to various types of music. I just love it!!
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At 4:50pm on December 15, 2013, Big Papa said…
At 5:34am on August 31, 2013, Edie Antoinette said…

Thinking About You!

At 6:38pm on February 24, 2013, Jeanette Mack said…

Good evening
Thank you very much for adding me
to your friends list ,Have a bless week.

At 8:08am on April 3, 2011, Bert said…
have a relaxing sunday
At 12:09pm on March 5, 2011, CAROLYN SCOTT-SCRUGGS said…
hope you have a sweet saturday
At 2:02pm on March 4, 2011, CAROLYN SCOTT-SCRUGGS said…
time to do the friday dance
At 8:29pm on March 3, 2011, KnightD12 said…
Hiya Music Maker!!

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At 11:16pm on February 21, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Thanks MM!!!
At 12:18pm on February 10, 2011, Ricky Le Blanc said…
What's goin' on Brother!
At 11:34am on January 8, 2011, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Weekend Greetings to you Music Maker my Brother

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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 ::

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