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WHEN I WAS 10 YEARS OLD BACK IN 1977, I HAD A BIG CRUSH ON RONNIE SPECTOR OF THE RONETTES...LOL

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Comment by Edie2k2 on June 17, 2018 at 9:26am

Comment by Edie2k2 on June 17, 2018 at 9:25am

"Phil Spector wouldn't let the Ronettes record it because he was in love with Ronnie, though they only married later in 1968, and was insanely jealous, with emphasis on the insane." That's a shame how he did The Ronettes.

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Comment by KnightD12 on June 17, 2018 at 8:02am

Ronnie Spector was a fantasy figure for a lot of teen males back in the day, including me. lol This song witten in 1964 by Brian Wilson with Veronica Bennett aka Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes in mind. Phil Spector wouldn't let the Ronettes record it because he was in love with Ronnie, though they only married later in 1968, and was insanely jealous, with emphasis on the insane. Phil Spector is and always has been bat shit crazy and a misogynist, he is now in jail where he belongs. His jealousy was also the same reason he wouldn't let the Ronettes tour with the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, he was afraid she would stray away from him, and she did based on what Keith Richard's said in his autobiography "Life" where he alleges to have had an affair with Ronnie. Their marriage predictably ended in disaster in 1973 with Ronnie barely getting away with her life. As a tribute to Brian Wilson, she recorded this in 1999.

Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on February 23, 2011 at 8:48am
Thank you Victoria, yeah, around that time, i was in love with a bunch of women, my lil 10 year old mind was going crazy....ROFLMBO
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on February 23, 2011 at 8:46am
Mama Edie, i would like to think that she was not singing to Pug Spector....ROFLMBO
Comment by Victoria Lynn on February 23, 2011 at 8:32am
I can tell she was your heart throb back in the day. LOL! Thanks for sharing this. This is Kool.
Comment by Edie2k2 on February 20, 2011 at 3:24pm
She sangin to you Sole!!!!! Or is she singing to her handsome sugarman Spector???? Hmmmm! I like this!!!! She needs a medal for getting with that freak (Spector)...Ugh!

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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.
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