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At 9:37am on January 20, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
TODAY IS ALL ABOUT CHANGE, MAY YOU ENJOY THIS MOST HISTORIC DAY THAT WE ARE TRULY BLESSED TO WITNESS...

At 2:18pm on November 7, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Hey there Jason! I miss you--and do so appreciate the latest airchecks you posted. I LOVE hearing them! I hope you can help me find this:
"Kicks! The Best of Oscar Brown, Jr."

There's a cut on there called "Elegy-Plain Black Boy" a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks
set to music by Oscar Brown Jr....

I gotta have it.....does anyone have it?

Thanks!

Take Care..
At 1:01pm on October 13, 2008, Ronn Nichols said…
Thanks for the Comments ....Its nice to knopw that somebody is reading and participating!!!!!!! I Hope you saw the Documentary on his life I posted it on the top page under the spotlight!

At 6:30pm on July 30, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Thinking about you..Miss You too
At 1:55pm on June 15, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Bake And The Tenderhearts...Fork In The Road


Bake And The Tenderhearts...Ooo Baby Baby


Bake And The Tenderhearts...That's What Love Is Made Of


Bake and the Tenderhearts...Bad Girl

At 11:14am on April 23, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Jason! Man are you missed! You know you're the most famous member of this network, mayne!!! C'mon now...LOL For real, you are! I think about you all the time, still, for the impact your aircheck made on me initially...I was blown AWAY!!!!!

Sooooooo good to get your check-in comment and I'm looking forward with KEEN anticipation, to your upcoming aircheck...I'm so hooked on your style...♥
At 11:44am on March 24, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
I know you're busy Stepfather..I was just missing everyone. Hope to see you soon..you're a very valuable contributor..and appreciated, seen or unseen..
At 11:57am on January 14, 2008, JazzWorld said…
Hey Jason! Thanks for accepting my invite from my JazzWorld page. I'm digging your latest upload too! #24 is great.

I'm still waiting on a response re: 'that' and look forward to hearing the ones you just got. In fact, let me get over to your wonderland with due haste.

Have a great day stepfather...and your music sure takes me back...WONDERFUL!!! I'm going to stay and listen--THEN--go over to wonderland, how bout 'that'?? lol
At 9:18pm on January 13, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Hi Jason!

I was thinking about you and family..how you doin?
At 8:58pm on December 26, 2007, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
I had a pretty good christmas, just hate that i had to go to work this morning....LOL

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I am glad to be part of the "Out of the Past" group, and look forward to getting to know you and share in this great music with you! Thanks to Edie for getting in touch with me! I run a near-daily soul/jazz/blues/funk/gospel blog, "Get on Down With the Stepfather of Soul," at http://stepfatherofsoul.blogspot.com, so please stop by and check out what I'm trying to do over there. I occasionally DJ at a…

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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 ::

Sounds of 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

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