A beautiful song inspired by the loss of a loved one.

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Comment by Edie Antoinette on March 19, 2018 at 8:31am

Thanks Baby. I learned something yesterday. i never knew Bobby Hebb wrote this or the backstory. I couldn't find a photo of his brother but I looked. Take care. ttys.

Comment by Old School C on March 19, 2018 at 4:37am

Keep ur head up Mamas. I know its not easy sometimes but, I can tell that your loved ones look to you for that strength. Im gonna listen to Jose's version of this song later. I heard Ella Fitzgerald's version of it which was a great cover. I mean the list goes on and on and on. It amazes me going down the list.

Comment by Edie Antoinette on March 18, 2018 at 9:57pm

Indeed. I was working on a post for FB on Jose Feliciano and his 1968 album that I had and played alot in 1968. To show how far-reaching Sunny is/was, I had forgotten he had done a cover of it too. kismet I guess. Thanks for your kind words regarding Dena too. Besides Daddy dying, that's the most heart wrenching thing I've ever gone through.

Comment by Old School C on March 18, 2018 at 7:13pm

Im sorry for your loss Mama Edie. I dont know what it feels like to lose someone that close yet. Finding the strength to move forward without that person is something that only a few can do. I dont think im built for that. I believe that for Bobby, writing this song and performing it for the masses is where his strength came from. I read that this song is in the top 100 greatest songs of the century and has been remade over 100 times since 1965. Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder are among the many great artist to cover this song. The mark that Bobby left on the music industry with this song is such an inspiration and uplifts my spirit.

Comment by Edie Antoinette on March 18, 2018 at 6:59pm

Hey Baby! I appreciate the backstory too. I was wondering. Tremendous strength, indeed! I'm happy to know you didn't lose your brother... I guess I read it wrong. Sorry. Now I need to know more about Bobby though. The words hit home for me as well...my baby sister died around this time last year. I don't think too hard or I'll cry. Good seeing you honey.

Comment by Old School C on March 18, 2018 at 6:28pm

Hey Mama Edie! I really love this song. The backstory behind the song really hit home because I almost lost my brother. Bobby's brother was murdered back in 1965 I believe. This is what inspired him to write this song. Im just like How do you not break down in tears every time you sing this song? What kind of strength does it take to get on stage and perform this, after such tragedy? Its really mindblowing.

Comment by Edie Antoinette on March 18, 2018 at 6:20pm

Nice... and I'm sorry for your loss dear.

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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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