There used to be a time when Black children were the best Behaved children in the world, now look at them --
1. Have you ever been called downstairs from upstairs or the back of the house, or from the front of the house to get the remote, change the channel, or bring her a glass of ice water? 2. Have you ever been hit with an extension cord, a switch, or the nearest shoe?
3. Have you ever had to pick your own switch off the tree and she sent you back because the one you picked was too little?
4. Have you ever been burned on your ear with a straightening comb?
5. Have you ever been hit in the head or knuckles with a comb or hair brush?
6. Have you ever been told to "Shut up or I'll give you something to cry about" while she beats you with a belt pronouncing every syllable: "Didn't---I---tell---you---not---to-do---That---no---more?!"
7. Your ponytails or plaits were so tight, you got those little bumps around your scalp?
8. The white people in the school office (principal, secretary, etc) were afraid of her?
9. You were scared to go home when you had a bad report card?
10. Alcohol, peroxide, cocoa butter, and Vaseline were the main items in the bathroom cabinet. And don't forget that red hot water bottle hanging behind the bathroom door?
11 You were never "on punishment" - just got a whooping right out of the tub!!
12. Have you ever been pinched for going to sleep in church?
13. She made you participate in every church activity: (choir,Sunday school, Junior Usher Board, Easter play, Christmas Play, etc.)? And you better say that speech loud enough to be heard!!
14. Has she ever come inside and picked you up from the school in hair rollers and her gown or pajamas on under her coat?
15. When you ask her for something, her response was..."You got a job?"
16. Have you ever been beaten for something your brother or sister did just because you were around?
17. She vacuums everyday just so the carpet can have lines in it.
18. Have you ever been told to turn off the TV, get off the phone, or sit down and be quiet when it's storming outside because the Lord was doing His work?
19. Friends, family & friends of the family try to keep you out of trouble because they know your MAMA and how she is?
20. You were afraid to call the child abuse hotline (because you weren't allowed to use the phone without her permission)?
21. She had to talk to God.. "Lord, please don't let me hurt this Child!!!" before she gives you a whipping.
22. You knew NOT to talk about what went on in your house with Anybody (other family members, friends, school authority, etc) - Because you were told, "What goes on in this house, stays in This house!!!"
If you can relate to any of these things, then pass this on to ALL Your friends and see if they can relate to "KNOWING THAT THEY HAD A BEAUTIFUL BLACK MOTHER, WHO DIDN'T TAKE NO MESS WHEN THEY WERE GROWING UP!"
GOD BLESS OUR BEAUTIFUL BLACK GRANDMAS, MAMMAS, AUNTS, SISTAHS, NIECES & GIRLFRIENDS.....
Wow Edie, I can relate to all of that. Especially having to go get the switch at least 3 times because it wasn`t big enough. I used to start crying....before she even the whoopin started. Thinking she would have mercy on me. It never worked. lol
I can relate to all of em too..I tried to get some pity by telling my Mom that I loved her and I had my hands in the praying position..beggin'...All she did was say "I love you too"..but commenced to beatin...dag!!!! LOL
I think I still have scars on my ear from the straightening comb.lol... We were always told to get somewhere and sit down doing a storm....everything was turned off tv lights, stove....getting hit on the knuckles with the comb...that hurt...as a little girl I use to wonder about the red bag... oh my God ....don't let the phone raing... mom would say "what fool is that calling here and it's storming...LOL.
LOL...yep, all us girls had our ears burned with the hot comb that was heated on the stove on top of real fire...sssssss ouch!!!!!
One time my Grannie got me and my baby sister ready for church and she went into the kitchen and got some bacon grease out of a can on the stove. she rubbed our arms and legs down with it like lotion.
I don't have to tell you..the sun was beaming down and we ascended the steps of Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and before we could get in...the flies was on us like crisp on bacon. We was swattin and runnin up the steps, like animated bacon strips with hair...LOL
LOL! Those were the days. The only people that "played" back in the day were children. Adults didn't play 'dat lol
I remember I couldn't WAIT to become old enough just to be called Mr That was such a rite of passage for me, but by the time I made it....Mr had disappeared...even children don't call adults Mr or Mrs/Ms anymore...man what a missed opportunity.
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"
"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.