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    The Capris - Morse Code of Love
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    The Marvelows - I Do
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    Vito & The Salutations - Unchained Melody
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    Randy & The Rainbows - Denise
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    The Five Discs - Never Let You Go
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    The Earls - Remember Then
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    The Excellents - Coney Island
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    The Quotations - Imagination
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    The Earls - Lookin' for My Baby
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    The Halos - Nag
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    The Jive Five - My True Story
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    The Velvets - Tonight Could Be the Night
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    The Edsels - Rama Lama Ding Dong
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    The Regents - Barbara Ann
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    Shep & The Limelites - Daddy's Home
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    The Tokens - Tonight I Fell in Love
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    The Marcels - Blue Moon
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    The Capris - There's a Moon Out Tonight
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    Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Stay
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    The Jesters - The Wind
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    Little Anthony & The Imperials - Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop
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    The Passions - Just to Be with You
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    The Fascinators - Oh Rose Marie
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    The Boss-Tones - Mope-itty Mop
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    The Eternals - Rockin' in the Jungle
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    The Mystics - Hushabye
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    The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You
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    he Genies - Who's That Knocking
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    Dion & The Belmonts - A Teenager in Love
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    The Impalas - Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)
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    Norman Fox & The Rob Roys - Pizza Pie
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    The Skyliners - Since I Don't Have You
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    The Flamingos - Lovers Never Say Goodbye
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    The Fiestas - So Fine
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    The Crests - 16 Candles
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    Harvey & The Moonglows - Ten Commandments of Love
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    The Videos - Trickle, Trickle
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    The Imperials - Tears on My Pillows
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    The Elegants - Little Star
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    The Students - Everyday of the Week
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    The Students - I'm So Young
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    The Shields - You Cheated
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    erry Butler & The Impressions - for Your Precious Love
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    The Danleers - One Summer Night
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    Dion & The Belmonts - I Wonder Why
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    The Chantels - Maybe
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    The Monotones - Book of Love
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    The Sillouhettes - Get a Job
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    The Pastels - Been So Long
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    Lee Andrews & The Hearts - Tear Drops
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    The Hollywood Flames - Buzz-Buzz-Buzz
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    Norman Fox & The Rob-Roys - Tell Me Why
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    The Shells - Baby Oh Baby
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    Lee Andrews & The Hearts - Long Lonely Nights
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    The Mello-Kings - Tonite, Tonite
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    The Dell Vikings - Whispering Bells
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    The Charts - Deserie
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    The Paragons - Florence
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    The Dubs - Don't Ask Me to Be Lonely
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    The Gladiolas - Little Darling
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    The Solitaires - Walking Along
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    Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords - I'm So Happy (Tra-La-La-La-La-La)
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    The Dell Vikings - Come Go with Me
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    The Schoolboys - Please Say You Want Me
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    The Hearbeats - A Thousand Miles Away
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    The Dells - Oh What a Night
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    The Channels - The Closer You Are
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    The Five Satins - In the Still of the Night
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    Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - I Want You to Be My Girl
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    The Cleftones - Little Girl of Mine
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    The Willows - Church Bells May Ring
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    The Clovers - Devil or Angel
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    The Flamingos - I'll Be Home
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    Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall in Love
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    The Cadillacs - Speedo
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    01 - The Orioles - It's Too Soon to Know
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    02 - The Ravens - Count Every Star
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    03 - The Five Keys - The Glory of Love
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    04 - The Crows - Gee
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    05 - The Orioles - Crying in the Chapel
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    06 - Clyde Mcphatter & The Drifters - Money Honey
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    07 - The Flamingos - Golden Teardrops
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    08 - The Harp-Tones - A Sunday Kind of Love
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    09 - The Velvets - I
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    10 - The Spaniels - Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite
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    11 - The Chords - Sh-Boom
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    12 - The Cadillacs - Gloria
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    13 - The Jewels - Hearts of Stone
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    14 - The Penguins - Earth Angel
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    15 - The Moonglows - Sincerely
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    16 - The Rainbows - Mary Lee
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    17 - The Five Keys - Close Your Eyes
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    18 - The Wrens - Come Back My Love
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    19 - The Nutmegs - Story Untold
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    20 - The Platters - Only You
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    21 - The Jacks - Why Don't You Write Me
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    22 - The Turbans - When You Dance
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    23 - The El Dorados - At My Front Door
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    24 - The Platters - The Great Pretender
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    25 - The Valentines - Lily Maebelle

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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
  17. 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) 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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