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E.FM -  Black & White Photography

This Group Was Created To Focus On Black & White Photography. It Can Be Your Own Photos Or Any Photos That Capture Your Attention.

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Wes Montgomery

Started by Vee's Treasure Suite. Last reply by Edie Antoinette Mar 4, 2015. 8 Replies

When I was a teenager trying to be an adult, I fell in love with Wes Montgomery. For me it was more than just a teenage fancy. I felt genuine appreciation for his excellent style. His gentle sound caressed my ears on many nights as I drifted into a…Continue

Black & Whites Of Family

Started by Vee's Treasure Suite. Last reply by Edie Antoinette Mar 28, 2011. 15 Replies


A Few Favorites

Started by Vee's Treasure Suite. Last reply by Dr. Simon F. Quattlebaum Mar 14, 2011. 8 Replies


Me And My Mother As Toddlers....LOL

Started by Shelley "SoleMann" King. Last reply by Vee's Treasure Suite Mar 14, 2011. 3 Replies

One Of My Earliest Creations From Several Years Ago, I Added My Mothers Pic To Mine, I Tried To Make It Seem Like We Were Holding Hands....AWWWWWW/LOL…Continue

Horrible Earthquake & Tsunami Strike Japan

Started by Vee's Treasure Suite. Last reply by Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard Mar 13, 2011. 7 Replies

11 March 2011A magnitude 8.9 quake strikes Japan at a depth of 15.1 miles (243km), located 81 miles (130km) east of Sendai, on the main island of Honshu. The tremor triggers a massive tsunami along the Japanese coast and sparks a tsunami warning…Continue

The Five Chimes aka The Matadors

Started by Shelley "SoleMann" King. Last reply by Vee's Treasure Suite Mar 13, 2011. 4 Replies


Stuff I'd Forgotten About

Started by Edie Antoinette. Last reply by Edie Antoinette Mar 13, 2011. 2 Replies

...from my Imeem Folder  Continue

Nolan Strong & The Diablos

Started by Shelley "SoleMann" King. Last reply by Shelley "SoleMann" King Mar 12, 2011. 3 Replies


Roar: A Tribute To Our Black Heritage

Started by Edie Antoinette. Last reply by Shelley "SoleMann" King Mar 11, 2011. 12 Replies

Your roar Lion, and purr, Lioness, translates like so many echoes of power withinlove..and love withinmasculine and feminine beauty.Do you realize howmuch we miss you?Do you hear the sirensong of our hearts,a melody saturatedwith appreciationfor…Continue

My Grandfather, The Cotton Club, And Billy Eckstine

Started by Shelley "SoleMann" King. Last reply by Shelley "SoleMann" King Mar 10, 2011. 5 Replies

As the sunsets on another sweltering hot dayin Manhattan, New York. My grandfather, 24year old Ira Davis gets off the bus after a longride…Continue

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Comment by Edie Antoinette on March 4, 2015 at 11:11am

Nice Gene!

Comment by KnightD12 on March 4, 2015 at 9:26am

Gladys Knight
Comment by KnightD12 on March 4, 2015 at 9:20am

Comment by Vee's Treasure Suite on June 21, 2011 at 4:23pm
Ali and The Beatles are so cute. I was in love with Ali when I was a kid. Now I see why! All those muscles and that cutie pie face!
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on June 19, 2011 at 8:32pm

Comment by Vee's Treasure Suite on June 15, 2011 at 1:54pm
Isn't Little Richard the cutest? I cracked up when I watched it.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on June 15, 2011 at 1:45pm
I've seen this before aqnd never realized it was Little Richard! Whoa!
Comment by Vee's Treasure Suite on June 15, 2011 at 10:36am
"Little Richard" as a child
This is amazing to see. It's Richard Wayne Penniman (aka Little Richard) about fifteen years before "Tutti Frutti, oh, Rudy...." If you're familiar with early period Beatles, you'll know that McCartney was heavily influenced by Little Richard.

A-whop bop-a-lu bop a-whop bam boom

Here is some very rare footage of "Little Richard" as a child, when he was just starting out in the music biz' ... from some movie with Van Johnson ..

Comment by Dr. Simon F. Quattlebaum on March 13, 2011 at 5:33pm
I remember seeing a photo display in NYC where a photographer took pix of all advertisement and sings painted on buildings from days gone by. He has given me an idea just as these pix have inspired me! Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on March 13, 2011 at 12:29pm
Chattanooga, Tennessee 1925

Chattanooga, Tennessee 1943


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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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