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A Salute To All Veterans Especially To My Sons And Brothers

My brother KnightD, not sure how many years he served in the AirForce

This is my youngest brother, he served 15 years in the army.

This is my oldest son Marvin. He graduated in 1983, that same year he joined the Army. He served 8 years.

This is my youngest son Michael,he graduated in 1985, that same year he joined the army, He… Continue

Added by Boo on November 10, 2009 at 11:15pm — 7 Comments

Jennifer Hudson and son David Otunga.......Tooooo Cute !!!!!!

Meet Jennifer Hudson's Newborn Son!

By Julie Jordan

Jennifer Hudson and son David Photo by: Derek Blanks / Ken Barboza Associates / Hilton Media Group

Motherhood definitely seems to agree with Jennifer Hudson, who gave birth to her first child, David – named after her fiancé, David Otunga – on Aug. 10.

"I love being nurturing and caring because I love to see other people happy," says Hudson. "Who better to devote… Continue

Added by Boo on October 8, 2009 at 9:51pm — 3 Comments

Some Songs Are Based On A True - To Life Experence

In the song, the narrator tells his lover she is free to mingle and socialize throughout the evening, but to make sure to save him one dance at the end of the night. The song is likely based on the personal experience of songwriter Pomus, who had polio and used crutches to get around and could not dance.[4] His wife, however, was a Broadway actress and dancer. The song gives his perspective of plaintively telling his wife to have fun dancing, but reminds her who will be taking her home and "in… Continue

Added by Boo on October 3, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments


It hurts to love someone

and not be loved in return,

but what is most painful is to love someone

and never finding the courage to let the

person know how you feel.

Maybe God wants us to meet

a few wrong people

before meeting the right one

so that when we finally

meet the right person,

we should know how to be grateful for that gift.

Love is when you take away the feeling,

the passion, the romance -

and you find out you… Continue

Added by Boo on October 1, 2009 at 11:55pm — 3 Comments

What are your views on smoking?

When your parents were young, people could buy cigarettes and smoke pretty much anywhere — even in hospitals! Ads for cigarettes were all over the place. Today we're more aware about how bad smoking is for our health. Smoking is restricted or banned in almost all public places and cigarette companies are no longer allowed to advertise on TV, radio, and in many magazines.

Almost everyone knows that smoking causes cancer, emphysema, and heart disease; that it can shorten your life by… Continue

Added by Boo on September 21, 2009 at 8:25pm — 7 Comments

Don't forget to watch Whitney on Oprah.....then we will talk

'My mother forced me into rehab by staging an intervention with armed police'

Whitney's Houston's mother staged an intervention involving armed police to save the singer as she spiralled out of control.

Cissy Houston got a court injunction in attempt to force Whitney into rehab and save her from drug addiction.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey which is due to air in the US on Monday, the singer credits her… Continue

Added by Boo on September 13, 2009 at 10:47pm — 2 Comments


A War For Your Soul-Birmingham version from Erisai Films on Vimeo.

This video was created to inspire young at-risk African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society.

This video should not to be used to divide people (Black & White).

This video should not be used to criticize all aspects of hip-hop… Continue

Added by Boo on September 5, 2009 at 10:02am — 7 Comments

Are You A Teddy Pendergrass Fan ??????

Recently, buzz started brewing that popular R&B crooner Teddy Pendergrass was on his deathbed

The Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter has been hospitalized at Philadelphia's Bryn Mawr Hospital and is admittedly enduring a health crisis. The 59-year-old singer has been there for about a month, and the nature of his illness is not publicly known.

He and his new wife, Joan, addressed the rumors and expressed gratitude to his loyal legion of fans.

"I wish… Continue

Added by Boo on August 16, 2009 at 12:48am — 4 Comments

Doris Troy........Just One Look.....She was discovered by the "Godfather Of Soul"....James Brown


Doris Troy (6 January 1937 – 16 February 2004) was an American R&B singer, known to her many fans as "Mama Soul".

She was born Doris Higginson in The Bronx, the daughter of a Barbadian Pentecostal minister. Her parents disapproved of "subversive" forms of music like rhythm & blues, so she cut her teeth singing in her father's choir. She was working as an usherette at the Apollo where… Continue

Added by Boo on August 10, 2009 at 12:00am — 5 Comments


WE'RE HAVING OUR FAMILY REUNION IN AUGUSTA GA. ( don't you just LOVE family reunions ???? ).LOL !!!!!

Labor Day is a federal holiday in Canada and the United States and is observed on the first Monday in September (on September 7 in 2009).

The holiday originated in 1872 in Toronto and in the United States in 1882 as the Central Labor Union of New York City sought to create "a day off for the working citizens." Congress made Labor Day a federal… Continue

Added by Boo on August 2, 2009 at 1:33pm — 7 Comments




Added by Boo on July 12, 2009 at 5:45pm — 4 Comments

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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) 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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