I think its important to share a bit of who I am, not being many people by way of fame, prestige,or power.With that being said I am a compassionate man of a rare breed so I share out of want of heart and others needs. The voice you hear was (recorded by error yet to my advantage) the very last conversation my Dad had with a friend the last picture he took in an attempt his being strong,and his last wave goodbye which I at the time was in true denial. One week before he left Feb 12th,2009. He left here strong Bible in hand and so today I just get as funky as I can with music, in photography, a spiritual man I am. every moment is recorded every sound is in my heart and soul if not in a physical way . This is just say keep your memories alive and cherish your relationships. Go get your loved ones mad happy or sad and record record record

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Comment by Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard on March 3, 2011 at 9:14pm
@KnightD12 I am glad you took the time to visit me my friend. It is just like a family visiting when we share. Peace &Love My Friend
Comment by KnightD12 on March 3, 2011 at 8:10pm
I really enjoyed this. Thanks for posting it. Memories of family and friends are a wonderful thing!!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 20, 2011 at 5:12pm
Ain't that just the SWEETEST comment! I can't believe this! I am moonwalking--sideways! LOL! You crack me up too! Love to you and family dear one~
Comment by Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard on February 20, 2011 at 4:41pm
SoulMan King I am happy you are liking it I could not ask or hope for a better welcome.Thank you for being my friend my brother
Comment by Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard on February 20, 2011 at 3:45pm
Holy Spirit works to build, to incite,to love and fine works. Jehovah`s hand is not short as it works out justice in encouragement,for spirit, mind body and our complete souls. Well all of it The Soul we just have to break it down for the curious at heart. I am happy I was lead this way as it was not by error,but his will that we instill and aspire to the top of the artist chart along side the Master Artist . Well imitating the Master Artist ,,not along side as that will put us in over kill LOL
Be Happy this day Edie my sister and know that your efforts have been noticed and carried to the front line by Jehovah :) X3
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on February 20, 2011 at 3:33pm
WHOAAAA...Emmanuel my Brother, i'm really enjoying this, that video was awesome
Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 20, 2011 at 3:32pm
HaHaHa!!!!! You got me Rolling' Laughing!!!!!
Comment by Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard on February 20, 2011 at 3:26pm
My Mom`s name was Grace Dean Howard that will come up in part 11. My family history is posted in Facebook I forget this is a new site and you would have to view my Pics to know what Embracing Grace connects with. To funny, I am glad I won`t have to worry about being saved by blessed hands on this site :) HEEEHAA
Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 20, 2011 at 2:57pm
How heartwarming!!!! You would crack UP laughing if you had seen me when I first read the title of your video. I said to myself "I need to tactfully tell dear Emmanuel that I don't condone gospel stuff here...I hope he will understand---he seems like SUCH a nice person..." And I clicked it on and almost fell out of my chair when I heard the messege!!!! This made my day!!!!!!! *clapping thunderously in my heart*.

Your father was baptized the year I was born! Ohhhh I can't wait to see him and give him a big hug!!!!
You sound like a GEM!!!! My oldest son is the coordinator of the body of elders in his congregation and I was baptized July 4, 1975. I went through a firestorm of opposition but our God Jehovah has kept me safe and sound. Again, you made my total DAY!!!!!! Much Love My Dear Brother ♥
Comment by Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard on February 20, 2011 at 2:44pm
What a treat Daddy was baptized 1951 progressed in Jehovah`s Ways from then on. The day before he went to hospital he sat reading his Bible and the Bible Teach book asked to go to the Hall on a Saturday ,yet could not walk, swollen,yet his love for the Truth is what he lived and died being adsorbed by faith. I want that as that is my inheritance. I was raised from a babe had a mental walk out at 10 years old wanting bad things so therefore never got baptized as I knew a bad boy lived here,
traveled Satan`s world and came back to my roots @ 32 or 33 dedicated my life to Jehovah June 12TH 1987 Today @ 57 this is one way I live and share my experiences strength and hope not by my own doing was I granted abilities to share this but by God my Sister. We are truly family

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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.
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