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Added by Lydell Jackson on May 23, 2012 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

The Miles Davis Story




Added by Lydell Jackson on May 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Baby Boy Billy and the Legend!

Added by Lydell Jackson on April 1, 2011 at 8:40am — 2 Comments

You guys just not feelin me! Are you?

I love this site! Thank you E. you Brainiac!… Continue

Added by Lydell Jackson on March 21, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

The Influence of the Legend "Jackie Wilson"

The Influence of the legends of soul are far reaching even today!…


Added by Lydell Jackson on February 28, 2011 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

The Tenth Wonder of the Musical World (ten symbolizing completeness)


There are few men in the history of humanity that I consider to be both genius and prophetic spiritual messingers. There are even fewer among them who are creative musically as well. In a world that has suffered so many ills and…

Added by Lydell Jackson on February 21, 2011 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Nicki Minaj LOVE/HATE?

I'm not a huge Nicki Fan, but I love this video. The intensity of the images and the flowing use of fabric, combined with a simple love triangle story line makes for a great Asian influenced creative piece. Unlike most of the other wild and crazy stuff in Nicki's arsenal this one is melodically…

Added by Lydell Jackson on February 7, 2011 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

New Haitian Revelation

Find more videos like this on Living Legacy Journal

This post is in part an acknowledgement of an earlier post by an LLJ member.

All of us must begin to take a different and personal approach when disaster strikes our family (any of the African…

Added by Lydell Jackson on January 15, 2010 at 8:04am — No Comments

For that special little one...

Pop-Pop's Garden
A holiday gift for that special little one...

Added by Lydell Jackson on November 5, 2009 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

In Memory of Michael

I am five years older than Michael. We were both born in the month of August. His last name is Jackson and My last name is Jackson. That's really not where the similarities end, anyway... When he came on the seen as a child star I saw him as my famous little brother even though we were not blood relatives. He was an inspiration to my generation and several generations to come.

It's hard to believe that the people in his life didn't… Continue

Added by Lydell Jackson on June 26, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

The Soloist

I saw this movie yesterday and I was simply overwelmed with the intensity of the way it was presented. I am still not sure how I feel about the movie...It was an inlightening and revealing look at human nature and socialtal callousness as well as many other issues surrounding life, relationships, and friendships that we embrace (or should embrace). I am still in a daze. That is a good thing for me because it is an… Continue

Added by Lydell Jackson on April 27, 2009 at 10:43am — 8 Comments

Have a great weekend...

It's rainy outside, but I'm dancin' inside!!!!!

Added by Lydell Jackson on March 13, 2009 at 11:42am — 1 Comment

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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 ::

Power...Through Simplicity ♪♫♪



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