"Sole Baby You are so fly!!!!! I am in love lol meow what a great shot hey we gonna be closer bear, I'm movin to Nawlins within the next week maybe someday we will meet in perosn HISSSS or PURRRRRRRR lmbo ya know I love you & always will…"
"Sentiments are so returned I am so enjoying the sounds At Last by the Temptations I don't think I ever heard it by them before, your still my Mentor lol Feeling real good about now and GF I really needed that Thank You! from my Heart!"
"I am very happy that you missed me! cause I missed you and Soul and all my friends here not been a good year for me which is why I wasn't here sooner BUT HERE I IZ!!!!!
Purring & Meowing and Howling Lke an Alley Cat ROTFLMBO"
"Hey Edie PLEEZ do not call this a meager site, I've spent many a wonderful moments on this site I have the utmost respect for all you do! never call your work meager! Im so glad I'm back and how you welcomed me, meant more than I can say!…"
Meet BK Jackson he is a High School Student in Tampa Fl who Graduates this June, does many gigs in Florida and elsewhere inbetween school, practice and as he told me "More School" lol He is a Sweet Religious Respectful, Tremendous Talent and plays beyond his years, A truly gifted YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN!
At a Blake HS Performance~Unbelieveable
His Promo Video for 1st CD On The Move ~Yeah He… Continue
I can relate to what you are going through I am sorry for your lost..I too had a German Shepard that I loved very much.You know the Vet told me one day that I would soon loose him because German Shepards only live around 12 years. I was sick when he told me and I said "you didn't have to tell me that" and sure enough around that time he passed.I know it's a hard thing to get over, but it will get better.I could go on and on talking about my Chico but I won't. Take care.
HEY KAT, IF YOURE STILL HERE, THANK YOU FOR LEAVING YOUR COMMENT ON MY PAGE. I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM. TRY TO HANG IN THERE, AND KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. THINGS WILL GET BETTER FOR YOU. TAKE CARE KAT & THE GANG.
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.