Shelley "SoleMann" King
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About Me
Lover Of Photography And All Things Old School
 

THE RENAISSANCE MAN OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Music

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  • 1.
    Don't Think It's Me
  • 2.
    After All
  • 3.
    I Waited
  • 4.
    Sweet Woman
  • 5.
    Message
  • 6.
    Still In Love With You
  • 7.
    Purple Passion
  • 8.
    Four Leaf Clover
  • 9.
    Lady In My World Of Love
  • 10.
    If You Want Me To
  • 11.
    Can't Get You Off My Mind
  • 12.
    Understand
  • 13.
    Waldo Roderick Dehammersmith
  • 14.
    2nd Day Love Story
  • 15.
    The Beat Is Getting Stronger
  • 16.
    I'll Try Something New
  • 17.
    Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
  • 18.
    I'm Gonna Make You Love Me.
  • 19.
    Adios My Desert Love
  • 20.
    My Heart Says Yes
  • 21.
    Bad Girl
  • 22.
    Would I Love You
  • 23.
    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  • 24.
    A Fork In The Road
  • 25.
    Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything)
  • 26.
    Does Your Mama Know About Me
  • 27.
    Soul Strollin'
  • 28.
    Lady In My World Of Love
  • 29.
    You And I
  • 30.
    And I Panicked
  • 31.
    You've Got Me Going Through A Thing
  • 32.
    I Pray She'll Never Go Away
  • 33.
    I Made Myself Lonely
  • 34.
    Highway To Heaven
  • 35.
    Beautiful Feeling
  • 36.
    Toast To The Fool
  • 37.
    It's So Hard Trying To Get Over You
  • 38.
    Sweet Pea
  • 39.
    We Have Love
  • 40.
    one more time around
  • 41.
    make yourself over (rehearsal)
  • 42.
    love is all i need
  • 43.
    i'll never cry for another boy
  • 44.
    i'll never cry for another boy (rehearsal)
  • 45.
    if i had a little love (rehearsal)
  • 46.
    going to make a time machine
  • 47.
    doing it for us
  • 48.
    boogedy boogedy
  • 49.
    Mack Man
  • 50.
    Mack's Stroll - The Getaway
  • 51.
    Slick
  • 52.
    Theme Of The Mack
  • 53.
    Brother's Gonna Work It Out
  • 54.
    Mother's Theme
  • 55.
    Now That It's All Over
  • 56.
    Do It Baby
  • 57.
    Wigs And Lashes
  • 58.
    Broken Hearted Girl, Broken Hearted Boy
  • 59.
    Don't Let It End ('Til You Let It Begin)
  • 60.
    I Don't Need No Reason
  • 61.
    I Didn't Realize That The Show Was Over
  • 62.
    I Love You Secretly
  • 63.
    Keep On Keepin On Doin What You Do
  • 64.
    What Is A Heart Good For
  • 65.
    I Love You For All Seasons
  • 66.
    All About Love
  • 67.
    Leave it All Behind Me
  • 68.
    Like An Open Door
  • 69.
    Ooh Baby Baby
  • 70.
    I'm So Glad
  • 71.
    I Think I Got The Making Of A True Love Affair (Prelude)
  • 72.
    I Think I Got The Making Of A True Love Affair
  • 73.
    Farewell My Love
  • 74.
    What's So Good About Goodbye?
  • 75.
    You Beat Me to the Punch
  • 76.
    Check Yourself
  • 77.
    (You Can) Depend on Me
  • 78.
    You'll Lose a Precious Love
  • 79.
    Please Return Your Love To Me
  • 80.
    Romance Without Finance
  • 81.
    Ooh Baby Baby
  • 82.
    Tomorrow Is Another Day
  • 83.
    I Love You Dear
  • 84.
    California Soul
  • 85.
    Don't Say You Love Me
  • 86.
    You're My Dream Come True
  • 87.
    I Hear A Symphony
  • 88.
    Born To Love You
  • 89.
    Who Could Ever Doubt My Love
  • 90.
    That's The Way Love Is
  • 91.
    Little Miss Sweetness
  • 92.
    Walking In The Rain
  • 93.
    Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love
  • 94.
    Paradise
  • 95.
    When I Saw You
  • 96.
    I'll Love You 'Til I Die
  • 97.
    Mind Over Matter (I'm Gonna Make You Mine)
  • 98.
    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • 99.
    What Love Has Joined Together
  • 100.
    Much Better Off

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At 7:28pm on December 23, 2016, Edie Antoinette said…
Happy Friday To You Too My Sole!!!!
At 10:31pm on December 22, 2016, MR EZee said…

Hey My Brotha.. Nice page and music

At 8:58pm on December 9, 2016, Edie Antoinette said…

Heyyyy Honey!!! I forgot you don't show in the activity log. Good to see you back!!!

At 8:48pm on December 9, 2016, Edie Antoinette said…

Did you make it in?

At 9:38pm on November 28, 2015, Edie Antoinette said…

Hey Sole!!!

At 12:31pm on August 16, 2014, Cheryl said…

At 2:35pm on February 8, 2014, Edie Antoinette said…

This page is tight!!!

At 2:34pm on February 8, 2014, Edie Antoinette said…

Overjoyed!!! WELCOME BACK MY SEVENATOR!!!!! I missed you terribly!!!

At 2:02pm on October 21, 2013, Edie Antoinette said…

Checking in on you. Where are you?

At 2:41pm on July 18, 2013, Cheryl said…

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At 11:29pm on February 20, 2013, Cheryl said…

stopping in to say heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

At 4:08pm on February 17, 2013, nubian noir said…

welcome from sister nubian noir

At 1:56am on January 18, 2013, Edie Antoinette said…

Hey Dear! Do whatsensoevar ya want! LOL! I wish we could get more participation but I can't control anything but "me"... smile Maybe you can help in that area. But don't sweat it. Just have fun!

At 6:44pm on January 17, 2013, Edie Antoinette said…

Thanks Sole! It's feels like a natural progression. Life moves forward right? Ning has a nerve charging though. Alot of stuff has been broken for the longest like the music players defaulting to the main music player colors. How doggone ludicrous is that? Oh well. I'm going to try and convert the player to transparent for the Main Page and and make the default colors Black and Grey. So good to see you!

At 8:54am on November 21, 2012, Cheryl said…

At 9:29pm on October 29, 2012, Edie Antoinette said…

Heyyyyyyy B(aaaaaaa)By!!!!!! I'm sorry I've been so long in responding! I sure miss our fun here!

At 4:59am on April 19, 2012, Renita Brown said…

Thank you so much Mr. Sole!! I look forward to enjoying myself on your site. Blessings, my friend!!

At 8:32pm on April 11, 2012, Cherene Snow said…

Hey SooooooooooolllllleMann!!! How you doin'? Check out my new blog @ cherenesnow.wordpress.com.
Let me know what you think!!!!

At 10:40pm on April 7, 2012, Cherene Snow said…

Soooooooooooooolllleeeeee!!!! What's Up!!! All is well with me!! Thank you for stopping by my website!!!! Glad you like my song!!!! Looking to put it on my EP!!!!! I'll definitely keep you posted!!!!

 
 
 

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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
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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 ::

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