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At 9:19am on June 4, 2015, Edie Antoinette said…

This is such a TIGHT endeavor Man!

At 10:29am on July 14, 2013, Robert Nesta Marley said…

your page

At 12:39pm on June 16, 2012, Edie Antoinette said…

I need to get that book. Thanks for stopping through L. It's the highlight of a beautiful Saturday so far. E Mama :)

At 5:21pm on May 22, 2012, Edie Antoinette said…

I like that profile clock. Tight! You are the KING of Illustration. I had to tweak HotthouseTraxx too and now About Last Night works.... Also made you Admin here and at the Lab.

At 4:19am on May 22, 2012, Edie Antoinette said…

I'm SO glad L!!! I missed you! This place is not the same without it's 'family members'. I was worrying but now I'm at peace. In other words----YAY!!!!! LOL!!! Welcome Back Dear!!!

At 2:24pm on April 3, 2012, Edie Antoinette said…

Ohhhhhh how I have missed this page!!!! Where are you L????

At 8:46am on April 5, 2011, Cheryl said…
thanks for the add...
At 8:34am on April 5, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Whaddup Dude?
At 8:33am on April 5, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
I agree.
At 8:25am on April 5, 2011, Lydell Jackson said…

When you have someone other than yourself worth living for, they should also be worth dying for. ~LOVE~
At 11:34am on March 26, 2011, The Love Zone By Edie2k2 said…
"You know I created that image just for you chile. Trade secret! Very time consuming, so I use them sparingly. You Special and you know you a big chicken!
G-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r!!!! LOL "

Bwaaaaaaaaa!!!! *pap* You are 10 Messes! Hahahahahahahahahaha! I was thinking you did that for me!!!! Too doggone tight!!!!! I'm going to put the particulars in your inbox so you can go in and have your way with that background. You are the man! That made my heart jump to the moon! Just the man!!!!!! *clapping thunderously* Thank you L!!! And I reiterate: ain't nobody scurred of no bites!!!!! LOL!!!!
At 12:59am on March 26, 2011, The Love Zone By Edie2k2 said…
You a mess L...Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! Ain't nobody scared of being bit on the back of the neck! LOL! That pic of Maxwell is straight TIGHT! How do you do that???? I wish I knew how to make the background transparent...that is the tightest technique since kissin! Dag!
At 1:49pm on March 6, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…

You are the MAN!!!!!! Thank You SO Much Lydell!!!! Woooooo!
It is GORGEOUS!!!! *clapping* And You CERTAINLY deserve it FIRST!!!!!!! *CLAPPING*



At 5:23am on March 5, 2011, Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard said…
I am honored to be your freind
At 8:59am on March 3, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
OOTP is like my Baby...gotta try. If you 'really' want to thank me---*batting eyes* make me one of them there Award For Page Excellence and Content thingie ma jingies... if you really want to thank me. The first person to get one will be YOU! LOL! I tried and it was a dismal failure...*looking at you with pitiful eyes*
Don't make me put one with Living Legacy on here...I will nah. LOL!
At 8:13am on March 3, 2011, Spotlight Series..♪♫♪ Sade said…
Thanks *L*... I appreciate that you noticed! "It's ALIVE!!!!" *holding up jumper cables-hair all over head-labcoat smokin'* LOL!
At 4:00pm on March 2, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
One Mo thing for sure...hahahahaha! Nobody can TOUCH your skillz!!!!
At 3:56pm on March 2, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
One more may want to move your player down some in the stevie blog--otherwise it is playing on your profile page in addition to your music player...
At 3:53pm on March 2, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
What'up Dude? That Jackie Wilson is on BLAZE!!! I was jamming so hard that my monitor blew up (literally)...and so I had to buy a new flat-screen monitor and guess what? I CAN SEE!!!!! I didn't know the 'half' of the beauty of this background!
And the pics I left you in the comments below blend very well. Nice.
At 3:19pm on February 22, 2011, The Steppin Zone said…
I may as well be Jamaican, right? I got about 6 jobs and 90 pages...Hahahahahaha!

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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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  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) 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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