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At 6:47pm on June 23, 2018, Edie2k2 said…

At 2:33am on June 12, 2018, KnightD12 said…

You made me laugh when I read your last comment. I`m just tryin to make it dew what it dew. haha

At 1:31pm on June 3, 2018, KnightD12 said…

Yes Edie, we sure had some good times up in here. Memories that I will keep forever. I`m surprised and glad that you keep the place open. Reminds me of how mom used to keep the porch light on for us kids that got home a little late. Seeing that light let us know that we were home and safe. :)
And yes, I happened to see Chick`s name and remember her from back in the day. It sure would be nice if we had a reunion up in here. lol I know I`m planning on stopping by more often. You take care and thanks for leaving the light on.

At 3:32am on May 30, 2018, KnightD12 said…
Stopping in to say HELLO Edie. :)

At 5:51pm on March 18, 2018, Old School C said…

Yeah those Hotep dudes out here calling Black people coons for supporting the movie.

At 11:16pm on March 17, 2018, Old School C said…

I loved the movie. I would like to go see it again, this time in 3D. Sad its getting so much hate tho smh. Them Hotep fools need to calm down instead of trying to ruin it for the kids. I dont see how it was a disrespect to the Black Panthers. Yeah it ties into Oakland,Ca but that is because its Ryan Cooglers hometown,

At 2:52pm on February 23, 2018, Old School C said…

Love you too MAMA EDIE!. DId you see Black Panther?

At 5:28pm on February 19, 2018, Old School C said…

Hey Mamas. Hope your year is going well so far. Mines has had some ups and downs but im hangin strong. Thanks for hitting my page. Much love to ya

At 5:12am on November 1, 2017, Old School C said…

WOW 10 years is really a blessing. I wish my friend Cat was here to see us now. 2017-18 going strong. Love you Mama Edie. Wonder what Tone is up to these days...

At 2:58am on October 28, 2017, Old School C said…

Hey Mama Edie. Just stopping by to see ya. Hope you are doing well. I posted a few of my favorites on my page. Just groovin N movin lol

At 5:41pm on October 7, 2017, KnightD12 said…

Hey Edie, I hope everything is going good with you. :)

At 3:16pm on February 19, 2017, KnightD12 said…

I hope the world has been treating you well. I know it`s been a minute since I have dropped by, but you sure do have the place looking/sounding good!

At 1:49am on February 17, 2017, Old School C said…

Good to see you too. Sorry ive been in and out. Hope you are having a blessed week.

At 1:48am on February 17, 2017, Old School C said…

At 4:33am on February 14, 2017, Old School C said…

Hey Mamas. Thanks for hitting me up. Sorry it took me so long to get back here.

At 9:50pm on January 15, 2017, MR EZee said…

Hi Edie. How you been?

At 12:37pm on January 13, 2017, Darryl C. (djbigco) said…

Hey Edie. Hope all is well

At 9:50pm on January 7, 2017, MR EZee said…

Just came on to say hi Edie. Hope ur having an awesome 2017 so far.

At 8:47am on January 1, 2017, Tone said…

Happy New Year My Queen, May you continue to be blessed with the gift of Music and compassion that makes you, Who you are.. Love ya

At 8:27am on December 30, 2016, Tone said…

I miss you my Queen, I will be back on here on a regular basis starting in about 2 weeks. I love and Miss you, I Pray you have a wonderful New Year's..

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Spotlight | Maze

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 ::

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  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 — Can't Get Over You
  6. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  7. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  8. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  9. play Norman Brown — Still
  10. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  11. play miles 2
  12. play miles 3
  13. play miles 4
  14. play miles 5
  15. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  16. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  17. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  18. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue

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