The first part of this blog is based on a song i liked when i was 7 years old titled Come and Get your Love...I called the song The Dead Hey Song (Don't asked Long Story....LOL) I had completely forgot about this song over the years until one day me and my mother was talking and she looked at me and said "You know what your Grandmother asked me? do Tadd (my nickname...LOL) still listen to The Dead Hey Song?"......LOL. Now keep in mind my Grandmother is 81 years old and her memory is not good at all, but she still remembers that....SMILE.

So as usual i go to Youtube and look up the song and was pleasently surprised that this song was done by Native Americans (And yall know how i feel about my Native American Heritage) it was the second video about The Massacre at Wounded Knee that brought about the second part of this blog....Cherokee is my Native American Heritage, but what the Sioux Indians went through at Wounded Knee was Heartbreaking and i just felted that in the spirit of all Native Americans i wanted to bring their story to you....

Written by SoleMannKing 1/22/2007


REDBONE....COME AND GET YOUR LOVE (THE DEAD HEY SONG....LOL)


In 1973 Redbone released the politically oriented "We were all wounded at Wounded Knee", recalling the massacre of Lakota Sioux Indians by the Seventh Cavalry in 1890. The song ends with the subtly altered sentence "We were all wounded by Wounded Knee". The song reached the #1 chart position in Europe but did not chart in the U.S. where it was initially withheld from release and then banned by several radio stations.

REDBONE...WOUNDED KNEE



REDBONE...CHANT 13TH HOUR

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Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on November 11, 2008 at 5:19pm
Here i go talking about people....LOL. Look at the 2nd Redbone from the left in the pic...LMBO
Comment by Edie Antoinette on November 11, 2008 at 12:31am
I hate what happened to these, the most beautiful people I've EVER seen! I have some native american in me and can so relate to this...I think it's absolutely ADORABLE that you call it the Dead Hey song...lol!!!! I would have ate those dimples UP if I had seen the 7yr old 7nator..all them 7's LOL

Great blog and I enjoyed the top one where he is getting DOWN at the beginning..whew! That last video is Ohhhhhhhhh my goodness!!!! You know, it reminds me of when I was about 2 and my Grannie's father, whom I called Papa had some native american garb--I remember a headdress!!! It just came to me looking at the bottom video..I wish I had some pics of my Papa..He used to pick me up and sit me on his lap. He smoked a pipe and I remember his sweater and suspenders.

Those headdresses are doing something to me. Beautiful.

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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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