Michael Jackson Performs Ben (1973 Academy Awards)

This Is Probably The Best Video On Youtube Of Michael Jackson Singing Ben. It Was At The 1973 Academy Awards, I Had Forgot That The Song Was Also Nominated For An Academy Award For Best Original Song In 1973

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Comment by Edie Antoinette on October 26, 2009 at 11:01am
Good point Bert. He had the power--so he did it. And who was that that called 911 and was telling them Michael wasn't breathing?
Comment by Boo on October 26, 2009 at 12:21am
That T- shirt should say KILLER
Comment by Edie Antoinette on October 25, 2009 at 10:24am
Terrible. Operating under the 'guise' of being a "doctor"...shameful *smh*
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on October 25, 2009 at 10:20am
Look at this pic, yep, the bad doctors intentions were well known, money and drugs....LOL

Comment by Edie Antoinette on October 25, 2009 at 9:42am
A book? Shameful. An opportunist to the bone. I would not doubt that he pillaged Michael's property before the ambulance got there. I don't know. It's a sad story. Thanks Gene.
Comment by KnightD12 on October 25, 2009 at 7:55am
Jackson doctor in court

October 25, 2009 Edition 2

THE doctor being investigated in Michael Jackson's death told a court he couldn't afford child support, having been forced to close his office after threats. A Las Vegas court set a hearing next month after a recommendation that Dr Conrad Murray be arrested for not appearing in court this month to explain unpaid child support. - Reuters

My guess is the Doc is trying to hide his money, so he can pay his lawyers. I also heard that Dr. Death is planning to write a book about Michael. Huh?
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on October 24, 2009 at 11:17pm
I ain't seen Ricky D since the last video, he very anti-social, he be there, he just don't come out....LOL
Comment by Edie Antoinette on October 24, 2009 at 11:11pm
Just extraordinary! Michael was so cute and innocent. What a tragedy. They ain't said no more about the Dr. that killed him. Poor Micheal. Wonder how his kids are doing. I added an extra "a" to Sararetha's name...*sorry* LOL

It's bout time for Uncle Ricky D to thrill us again...I like him! LOL
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on October 24, 2009 at 10:45pm
Thank you Mama Edie, i was glad i found those pics because there was no way i was going to do a blog without them and i really wanted to after posting the video on FB...Sararetha is doing fine and she says hello and hope all is well with you...I will tell Mama you so hello when i talk to her again.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on October 24, 2009 at 9:08pm
I absolutely LOVE the way you set this up! I watched it over at FB where you put it and this is totally slick! I love the pics on the grid like that and the top pic. You are exceptional in the way you do things SoleSweetie7...great post!!!! Thank You! How is Sarareatha? Tell her hello for me and your mom too!

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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 ::

Power...Through Simplicity ♪♫♪



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