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At 2:28pm on January 19, 2019, Edie Antoinette said…
At 11:39pm on July 22, 2016, Edie Antoinette said…

Thank you so much Tate!!!! Glad you're here!!!

At 8:29am on July 22, 2016, Tate Mckinney said…

today is going to be a enjoyable day with is music make my day Edie

At 8:06am on July 22, 2016, Tate Mckinney said…

I enjoy the dusties love old school music, thank you for sharing

At 1:17pm on September 27, 2013, Harpo Fatback Peterson said…

Thank you Edie for your hugs! I'll pass them on to Poppa and Momma from my friends of Chicago. Oh...on the video of "Lowrider Band" I posted a couple of months back,...this is Harvey, he's the drummer and one of the founding members if "War". Great bunch of guy's! Kick but band!

Someone mentioned this was thier band!!
OO (:

At 11:49am on September 27, 2013, Harpo Fatback Peterson said…

Did a gig last night with James Cotton's old keyboard player - Eddie Harsch. He also played with Albert Collins and The Black Crowes. Dame.....He's amazing. Its like magic when you have the right chemistry! He's going to hook up with the band I've been working with "SoulStack". Should be very cool!

At 11:43am on September 27, 2013, Harpo Fatback Peterson said…

Good to be home again! Got lot's of great pictures and music to add, of all the big Blues festivals up here in the north. Hope everyone is well! My Poppa had a fall and broke his hip! He's 90 this year! God bless him. Like a bull...he's bouncing back. Momma's starting to drift, but she still knows who he is. All in all, I have a lot to be thankful for...Spread the love! Lifes too short!!!!!!!!

At 3:42pm on September 26, 2013, La Donna Michelle said…


At 3:34pm on July 16, 2012, Debra Flint-Salter said…

The music is divine, and so are the photos. Bringing back many memories that weren't lost, but only put on a shelf. Wonderful to 'dust' them off and remember again.

At 8:49pm on April 3, 2012, Hoss said…

My Dad?!?!?!?!?

At 3:29pm on April 14, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Okay--I'm on it! I got sidetracked earlier. Thanks Cherene!
At 2:49pm on April 14, 2011, Cherene Snow said…
Ok.............adding them here:

"Heart Association" by The Emotions
"The Sly, Slick and the Wicked" by The Lost Generation
"My Baby's Gone" by the Chymes
"Can This Be Real" by The Natural Four
At 3:59pm on April 13, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
At 3:35pm on April 13, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
OMG I haven't heard this in YEARS!!!!!!! This is giving me chillbumps!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!
Should I add this to the playlist??? Got any more that we need to add Cherene?
At 3:32pm on April 13, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
The games a'foot!
At 2:43pm on April 13, 2011, Cherene Snow said…
Ok..................gotta correct myself! "The Bridge of Love' by The Lost Weekend!!!!!
At 2:39pm on April 13, 2011, Cherene Snow said…
Sooooooooooooo who's heard of "The Bridge of Love" by
Windy City????? How many takers??
At 10:43am on April 12, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
At 8:27pm on April 11, 2011, Hoss said…
Nice playlist
At 3:18pm on April 9, 2010, Harry T. Reid said…
I Remember Stop it stop it ur killin me.

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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) 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 ::

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