E.FM Hall of Fame

Great idea huh....LOL. All i ask is that there be no VIDEOS or MUSIC in this group, PICS ARE WELCOME...We will be honoring music, movie, tv, sports, etc...Everything must be OUT OF THE PAST

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Vivian Carter - Vee-Jay Records

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Al Green

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The Temptations

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Smokey Robinson

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Comment by Edie Antoinette on December 4, 2009 at 3:14pm
That's great info Gloria! I had all those "voices" from WVON in Chicago to go to sleep by every night...Herb Kent and Richard Pegue and Nem.
Comment by Gloria on December 4, 2009 at 2:49pm
Remember DJ voices? They had this special lilt that made you want to listen to what they had to say on every subject.
Kennard "Ken" Kawkins WJMO Cleveland 60-70's also was the first Black general manager of a radio station in Cleveland, Ohio.
JL Wright who passed recently was another that had the "voice",
JJ Jerfferies was another "voice".
Rudy Love was another,
They don't require having the "voice" these days, but I think they should!
Oh and they also had a program called "Junior DJ" here in Cleveland, high school students were picked to DJ an hour on Friday nights at WJMO-WABQ, can't remember which one but it was so exciting.
Comment by Linda G Bailey on October 9, 2009 at 9:32am
Hi SoleMan,
Thanks for adding me. Don't forget to add my favorite group, The Stairsteps to the mix.
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on October 8, 2009 at 4:42pm
Michael my Brother, i feed off of info like that, keep it coming, i will take that kind of clutter any day....LOL
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on October 8, 2009 at 4:41pm
Welcome Patricia, Mama Edie, and Michael
Comment by Patricia OldSkooler on October 7, 2009 at 7:00pm
This is Awesome, Thanks SoleMann!!!
Comment by Edie Antoinette on October 7, 2009 at 4:15pm
Ooooo Yeah *rubbin hands together* This is GREAT!!!!!
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on October 7, 2009 at 2:13pm
Hey Anita...You're very welcome
Comment by Anita Parker on October 7, 2009 at 1:39pm
Thanks for the invite.

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  1. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  2. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  3. play Norman Brown — Still
  4. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  5. play miles 2
  6. play miles 3
  7. play miles 4
  8. play miles 5
  9. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  10. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  11. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  12. 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.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

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