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At 3:39pm on August 10, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…

At 2:05pm on August 9, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
That's okay V'phi..the party is pretty much perpetual. I'll have to think of a good time so we can party..let me know when's a good time for you. Love n Huglets..
At 10:16am on August 9, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Rest In Peace Mr. Bernie Mac

At 6:28pm on July 30, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Thinking about you..
At 3:13am on July 27, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
2 of my Grandfathers Favorite Groups.....SMILE

The Ink Spots - If I Didn't Care

Mills Brothers - Cielito Lindo

Miss you Grand-Daddy...Thanks for your part in making me enjoy these timeless classics from yesteryear.....SMILE
At 8:55pm on July 23, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Otis Redding & The Bar-Kays - Try a little tenderness, December 9, 1967. This is Otis Redding's last television performance taped less than 24 hours before He and most of the Bar-Kays were killed in the plane crash on December 10th 1967.

At 11:20pm on July 18, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
To me, this is one of the greatest true life sports movies of all time...I have watched this movie dozens of times over the years and getting ready to once again watch it....LOL. The videos down below only tells a part of the story of Earl "The Goat" Manigault, i would go out and tell anyone to buy this movie, it's a must have for your movie collection. Don Cheadle did a great job playing Earl.

On the very last video, be sure to watch from 5:25 till the end, you will see the real Earl Manigault....

Real Name: Earl Manigault
Hometown: NYC, New York,
Born: September 7th 1944...Died: May 15th 1998
Height: 6"1
Position: Guard
Affiliations: Rucker Legend
Filmography: Rebound

Short Bio
The Goat held court against countless NBA pros and Hall-of-Famers. This sleek 6-1 court-acrobat ran like a gazelle and seemed to defy gravity when he took flight. The only thing that could bring The Goat down to earth were his own personal vices on the street. Earl will always be remembered as a playground legend of his day. Earl "the Goat" Manigault is perhaps the best basketball player ever to have played the game. A shade over 6 feet tall, he could dunk effortlessly with both hands. With a vertical leap of 52 inches, he had the ability to jump up and grab quarters off of the top of a basketball backboard. He played during the renaissance of New York City basketball in the 1960s, at in the famous Rucker League where the best playground players played with the pros every summer.

"One of the greatest players the Rucker has ever seen," said Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond. "The best basketball player his size in the history of New York City," said Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Called "the king of his own generation of ballplayers, and the idol for the generation that followed" by Pete Axthelm in The City Game, Earl Manigault never realized his incredible potential as a basketball player because he succumbed to the lure of drugs in the Harlem neighborhood of his youth.

Earl "The Goat" Manigault, the New York City playground basketball legend whose life was chronicled in an HBO movie two years ago, recently died of congestive heart failure at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. He was 53.

Tribute to Earl ''The Goat'' Manigault (By Cipsas)

At 8:03pm on July 13, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Hey V phi! Saw your comment over on my Slow Jams page. How you been?
At 4:56pm on July 10, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
And now presenting the hottest new group to hit the top of the charts in the last 20 years...The Stray Cat Trio singing their number one hit, The Stray Cat Strut...


Oooh, Oooh, Oooh, Oooh,
Black and orange stray cat sittin' on a fence
Ain't got enough dough to pay the rent
I'm flat broke but I don't care
I strut right by with my tail in the air

Stray cat strut, I'm a ladies' cat,
A feline Casanova, hey man, thats where its at
Get a shoe thrown at me from a mean old man
Get my dinner from a garbage can

Yeah don't cross my path

I don't bother chasing mice around
I slink down the alley looking for a fight
Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night
Singin' the blues while the lady cats cry,
"Wild stray cat, you're a real gone guy."

I wish I could be as carefree and wild,
but I got cat class and I got cat style.

I don't bother chasing mice around
I slink down the alley looking for a fight
Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night
Singin' the blues while the lady cats cry,
"Wild stray cat, you're a real gone guy."

I wish I could be as carefree and wild,
but I got cat class and I got cat style.

Cats Singing

At 2:45am on July 6, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
You know things are pretty messed up when the Animal Kingdom starts up their own band

avatars: Animated: Meercat: Weasel: Band

avatar: animated image: squirrel plays harmonica

avatar: Kitten: French: Accordian: smoking

But it's even worst when a Monkey starts laughing at how dumb they look....

Avatar: Animated Image: Monkey: Laughing Chimp

At 2:45am on July 6, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Thank you Virgo, yeah she is a little doll....SMILE. How have you been doing?
At 1:17pm on June 23, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
I just got back in town, i just had to go see my new Grandbaby...SMILE. These are not the greatest pics, glad i bought another camera. I have to get that film developed.

My Grand-Daughter Janiyah, born June 22nd, 2008...
5 pounds 10 ounces

Papa and Janiyah

Grand-Daughters Jaleesa and Janiyah

Grandkids Jaleesa and Jabarie

At 10:49am on June 20, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
SINGING...There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
The corn is as high as an elephant's eye,
An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky.

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way.

Sing Along

Awwwwwww isn't that cute....SMILE/ROFLMBO
At 1:55pm on June 15, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Bake And The Tenderhearts...Fork In The Road

Bake And The Tenderhearts...Ooo Baby Baby

Bake And The Tenderhearts...That's What Love Is Made Of

Bake and the Tenderhearts...Bad Girl

At 5:40pm on June 8, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
V phi V..that's what we wanna How you doing suggah? I was happily surprised to hear from you--always.

It's storming here--humid, the whole nine yards--tornados and no power. They be messin with the rainforest and upper atmosphere with their mess---and the poor planet is all off balance weather wise. Anyhoo...stay cool sweetie. Love You.
At 9:15am on May 31, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Hey Sweet Virgo...SMILE

At 9:18pm on May 14, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
I sure was wondering..I was like, where's V phi?? To quote Hangaroo, I was like--"don't make me bust out my kung fu"..LOL

Glad to hear from you and congrats on your Bachelor's!
At 10:30pm on April 8, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Hand dancing in Washington DC,s metro area. Three popular dances from the 60,s by some that were teenagers at the time. The Slop, The Birdland and Hand Dancing.

DC Hand Dancing. Bopping to " Members Only" by Bobby Blue Bland

MJ's Meeting Place in District Heights Maryland, Washington DC Metro Area. The Booty Call Line Dance.

At 8:07pm on March 24, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
I enjoyed reading your profile and congrats on the completion V phi!!!
At 10:28am on March 9, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
I have always loved this song by Carl Thomas and Faith Evens, but this guy on the second video is a friend of mine on Youtube and he is a amazing singer, why he doesn't have a Recording Contract is simply puzzling...

Faith Evans ft. Carl Thomas - Can't believe (Emotional)

Jon Mcsingee...Can't believe (Emotional)

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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.
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