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Happily married, Teacher,coach. life coach. newspaper columnist. radio personlity, city commisioner, auther of Having the courage to Love Your child, The Old School Smart Parents Handbook", youth advocate.
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Did You Say, The Good Old Days

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 2:56pm 1 Comment

Ah the good old days. We so often think back about those good old days with little consideration as to why they earned the name. If you really stop and ponder the concept one may realize that it had nothing at all to do with a specific time in history but rather those who were making history at that time.

It was the people, not a timeline, that created an era where doing the right thing just because it was the right thing to do was what the memories we call the good old days. It was… Continue

The Feeling

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 5:06pm 2 Comments

There is a certain feeling that comes with a sound that takes your to a place that feels like life is getting better. You don't even have to be feeling bad. It just sounds like how you want to feel every day. It's not the lyrics its the groove, the vibration, the recognition of an excitement that comes from the connection with something good on the outside that blends with something wonderful inside of your soul. It just feels so good.

There is something special about That old school sound. The old artist, having soul as they did and some still do who are still around, had a uniqueness about them that makes you feel the song beyond…

Posted on April 16, 2009 at 2:52pm 3 Comments

There is something special about That old school sound. The old artist, having soul as they did and some still do who are still around, had a uniqueness about them that makes you feel the song beyond the words and the music. It's SOUL. There isn't and there will never be anything that will or can replace it. There are younger artist that have they same gift. However, without the old school sound the feeling is no where the same. With "Old School" there is a commitment spawned by accountabilty… Continue

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At 1:02pm on November 17, 2009, Edie Antoinette said…
Thank you dear heart~
At 1:51pm on April 16, 2009, Edie Antoinette said…
That is such an inspirational comment you just left me. When you joined I felt the biggest jolt within myself...which always occurs when I light upon gems like you. The very same thing happened to me when Lydell left his first comment on my log.

I love people like you. Sorry about the 'diversion' from your letter to my sounds, but uh, that's what I do. *grin* You've actually just scratched the surface. Ohhhh how elated I am that you're here. Just besides myself.
I went by your site and am very impressed! Thanks again dear man.

Love to you and family..♥

At 4:36pm on April 14, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Hey there Brother Steve, welcome to the OOTP Family
At 1:01pm on April 14, 2009, Edie Antoinette said…
Very happy to WELCOME you Mr. Powell!

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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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