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At 5:56pm on February 14, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
My Great-Grandfather...Otto Herd Sr...SMILE

At 9:20pm on February 13, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Mr. Peabo Bryson...SMILE

At 9:20pm on February 13, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
LMBO...I was being bad that day.
At 1:21pm on February 3, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
You like my Photoshop Art





BWAAA HAHAHA
At 7:48am on February 1, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
At 9:19pm on January 29, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…


Look at Teddy Pendergrass Hair....LMBO

At 8:47pm on January 29, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Hey Virgo...Hope you are having a great evening....SMILE
At 4:22am on January 26, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
THE WARMTH AND TONE OF A LEGEND


SMOKEY AND THE MIRACLES...MEDLEY 1967


SMOKEY AND THE MIRACLES...MEDLEY 1970

At 3:01pm on January 24, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Usher "Urkie" Raymond III
posted January 19, 2008

Minister Usher “Urkie” Raymond III, 52, of Chattanooga, died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, in an Atlanta hospital.

He was a 1973 graduate of Howard High School, where he was the captain of the Hustlin’ Tigers basketball team. He attended Motlow State Community College. He was a member of Greater Friendship Primitive Baptist Church. He was an instructor for the Overcomers Organization.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Milton Berry; father, Usher Raymond Jr.; and sister, Connie Raymond.

He is survived by his son, Usher (Tameka) Raymond IV, of Atlanta; daughters, Tomika Johnson, of Chattanooga, Ursula Parson, of Dallas, Texas, Ushyra Raymond, of Oklahoma City, Ok., and Shelley (Kevin) Lusk, of Red Oak, Tx.; mother, Evangelist Ernestine Carter, of Chattanooga; grandmother, Etta R. Berry, of Chattanooga; grandchildren, Thomas Atkins Jr., of Chattanooga, Usher Raymond V, of Atlanta, Undre Brown, Sharayah Reed, Joshua and Jasmine Simmons, all of Red Oak, Tx.; brothers, Duane (Sandy) Raymond, Dorian (Carol) Raymond, both of San Diego, Ca., Eric Perkins, of Atlanta, and Fred (Patricia) Roddy, of Chattanooga; sisters, Wava R. Brooks, Linda Raymond, Raynor Davis, Rena Oden, all of Chattanooga, Blondell Roddy, of Los Angeles, Ca., and Alice Conerly, of San Diego, Ca.; uncle, Charles (Erica) Berry, of Tacoma, Wa.; aunts, Willene Simmons, of Chattanooga, Lela Ramey, of Monroe, Ga., Betty Martin and Beulah Martin, both of Chattanooga; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives; dear friends, Deloris Frizzell, of Marietta, Ga., Cheryl Raymond, of Dallas, Tx.; and many other friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Elder James Penny officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens...Chattanooga, Tn.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
At 5:22pm on January 19, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Hope you like my newest blog...SMILE
At 6:43pm on January 18, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Hey Sweet Virgo...Thanks for the blog comment, i always got something going in the blogs and Black Ivory truly has it going on, it's still hard to believe that they were only 17 years old on that video.
At 6:40pm on January 18, 2008, The Steppin Zone said…
At 6:37pm on January 18, 2008, The Steppin Zone said…
V phi V that's what we wanna be..Heyyy, remember us?
♥∑Δ♣♠ΨΩ∞Φ♥♦
LOL...I'm over working on my page for romance...mmmmm
You know me girl, always swoonin over 'somethin' or another..lol Thanks for the good words over there at my Al Green blog. Fascinating story, eh? I remember the Al Grits incident too.

I was wondering what ever happened to the woman who did that this morning and started researching. That's awful to be so emotionally involved that you would gritsalize then commit self-o-cide..Crazy...

Any...who!!! It feels funny talkin over here in a brand new domain doesn't it? I'm used to writing/typing on the side..lol
*creature of sho'nuff habit*

Love you Virgolicious Virgonometry Virchology IV..
*crackin up laffin*
At 8:32pm on January 17, 2008, saraphen said…
At 2:40pm on January 8, 2008, saraphen said…
Hey Virgo!! I haven't seen you in years!! How ya been?
At 4:03pm on January 6, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Hey do you remember me? of course you do....SMILE/LOL
At 12:31pm on January 6, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
It's a better site with you here..period. I enjoyed our cyberchange too..♥
At 6:11pm on December 30, 2007, Edie Antoinette said…
Welcome Aboard Dear!!

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Spotlight | Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
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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) 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.
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