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At 7:25pm on June 3, 2009, Boo said…
Hey lady,see you been by and had a little snack, hope you enjoyed it.LOL.!!! . Now you know you done SHOWED OUT,,,this page is tooooo cute.I see you still doing what you do....keep on keeping on. Love it
At 10:17pm on April 23, 2009, Frederick Black said…
I am greatful for my son Enrico introducing me to you and all of the music a person could imagine,you're the greatest,all types,any types of music,I also love clasical music,you have it............................Fred,
At 9:38am on December 24, 2008, TJ said…
Good morning, thank you for the warm welcome. I love the music on your site. Actually, I love the site itself. ~tj
At 4:54pm on November 8, 2008, moonlight58 said…

Showing Some Love MySpace Comments and Graphics
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Hope you're having a great weekend!
At 11:01pm on September 29, 2008, moonlight58 said…

Have a great week....hugs....

At 8:16pm on June 21, 2008, Pat aka Octdremer said…
My dearest, my mother would love to be here...listening to this awesome music! Oh yeah! It's magnificent here!
At 7:44pm on June 17, 2008, Pat aka Octdremer said…
Hi, pretty lady! You have a beautiful voice! The music sounds great!!

At 11:00am on April 9, 2008, gmack said…
We can find love's magic when we visit quiet places.....And love comes shining out at us from friendly little faces.
At 12:40am on April 8, 2008, gmack said…
Great show thanks I enjoy it to the up most. Goodnight
At 11:32pm on April 7, 2008, gmack said…
Smooth and relaxing I can see I'll be here all night every night. This is just what the doctor order with your graphics u have put a spell on me. Where have you been all my life on the internet This is a first Class Joint.......lol......Thanks for the invite
At 2:56pm on April 7, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
I tried that and all it's saying is...Let me approve comments before posting?...Maybe DING-GA-NING done messed that up too...SMH/LOL
At 11:02pm on April 5, 2008, JACK-OF-HEARTS (AKA WIN) said…
At 11:08am on March 17, 2008, Pat aka Octdremer said…
What a lovely day...because you are a part of it!

May this Monday be filled with JOY, LOVE, and, HAPPINESS!!

At 2:09pm on March 8, 2008, Virgo91261 said…
Hey there, Jazz! I love the feel of your page. This is classic jazz at its finest...I feel like I should be listening to this at a jazz club. Very nice.
At 7:09pm on March 6, 2008, Pat aka Octdremer said…

May your day be filled with God's perfect love!

At 5:47pm on February 21, 2008, rbc716 said…
I miss you too. Great fro. I love your music, your art, photos, graphics and spoken word. A woman for the ages. I will be back, a major project that I have have been building since 1999 is about to become a reality. Pray for me!

When I bring the deal to the table I will making a mid west swing including Chicago and your great city. I hope that the deal closes in the next 60 days. Talk to you soon.


Good to hear your voice.
At 6:00pm on February 17, 2008, moonlight58 said…

Hi, letting all my friends know that i will be without internet for about 2-3 weeks, but i will be back as soon as possible! Til then, be safe, be loved & know that i am thinking of you! God bless you, too!
At 10:17pm on February 15, 2008, Pat aka Octdremer said…

I missed Valentine's Day due to wireless problems, but...I have Friday Love! :-)
At 10:52pm on January 25, 2008, Pat aka Octdremer said…
Beautiful lady....

At 5:10pm on January 25, 2008, moonlight58 said…
LOVE your page!! Very pretty! Have a wonderful day & God bless you!


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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) 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 ::

Power...Through Simplicity ♪♫♪



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