if you ever witness the Temptations In Paris video, you’ll become more aware that in 1973, they must have knew that live in concert no one was better with the steps, than they were and you’ll be amazed of Damon Harris, delivering his live version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, it make you wonder, why they never recorded it without the Supremes, when Kendrick was a member.

Plus, Richard Street blending with the harmony of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, this should make critics change their minds about the new members to give them the credit that they not only deserve, but truly earned in being placed in the group.

The Live In Paris, will show you five members, who were stuck like glue to the technically steps that the sixties unit was known for to their fans you will be deeply impressed. Otis might have had a problem with Damon Harris, but this young man like his predecessor was the one that told fans the song center around his falsetta that fans refer to on all records. Almost like, who voice do you hear in the back ground and if, it wasn’t Williams or Ruffin, it most likely was Kendrick, which Damon kept in form, as a member for five years.





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Comment by Edie Antoinette on June 16, 2018 at 7:20am

And Gene, what I love is that these comments can be edited ...

Comment by Edie Antoinette on June 16, 2018 at 7:18am

Loved reading your comment Gene.Thank you! It's a wonderful thing to still be going and it will be 11 years this October. You are in here sparkling like all of the other treasures and I appreciate you. Always have. Thanks for the Temps post too. i didn't know they had a new one out.

Comment by KnightD12 on June 16, 2018 at 1:34am

Remember when Eddie, David and Dennis got together briefly in 1991 and toured together? David died later that same year and Eddie passed the next year. I miss all three of these guys.

Comment by KnightD12 on June 16, 2018 at 1:23am

Comment by KnightD12 on June 16, 2018 at 1:20am

Edie, you have created a treasure trove of music knowledge on this site. This web site should be enshrined in the Smithsonian Museum. It`s like climbing into the attack, blowing the dust off a chest and slowly lifting the top, never knowing what goodies awaits. I always thought I was a big temptation fan, but SoleMann`s knowledge of the Temps, The Stylistics, among others, is second to none. Looking over this blog I see where I made a bonehead mistake. I said that Otis was gone when I ment Melvin. At least I think I ment Melvin, either that or I was drunk that night. HaHa! I really lost track of the group once Dennis left. Now let me find the light switch in this attic and see what other surprise awaits. Took almost 10 years to discover my Otis mistake, but I always say better late than never. And by the way The Temps just put out a new CD. Otis, the last remaining original member, has still maintained that "Temptation" sound. I just finished reading his book now long ago.

Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on February 4, 2010 at 7:44am
Brother Gene, Otis is still a Temp, now he gonna fine you 50 cent for scaring everyone like that....LOL
Comment by Ricky Le Blanc on January 30, 2010 at 12:04pm
Did you say Otis was gone form the Temptations? When did this happen.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on January 30, 2010 at 8:57am

"..now that Otis is gone?" What?? When??

Comment by KnightD12 on January 30, 2010 at 5:23am
Bruce reminds me of Ruben Studdard. My question is, who is gonna keep these guys in check ( keep that ole Temptation tradition alive ] now that Otis is gone? Already I notice they have abandoned the Tempt smooth moves. And where the heck is the Temptation Mics, you know that 4 pronged thing that was their trademark???? Sure, they are playing smaller venues these days, but that`s no excuse to be 'Slackin`. Do ya think I`m too emotionally invested in this group? I do. lol
Comment by Edie Antoinette on January 29, 2010 at 2:50pm
*cracking UP at Gene* I'on some!

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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
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  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
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  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
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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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