April 2009 Blog Posts (17)

The Soloist

I saw this movie yesterday and I was simply overwelmed with the intensity of the way it was presented. I am still not sure how I feel about the movie...It was an inlightening and revealing look at human nature and socialtal callousness as well as many other issues surrounding life, relationships, and friendships that we embrace (or should embrace). I am still in a daze. That is a good thing for me because it is an… Continue

Added by Lydell Jackson on April 27, 2009 at 10:43am — 8 Comments

Curtis McNair - The Man Behind The Album Covers At Motown


N.C. native Curtis McNair spent various parts of his 76 years as an inventor, artist, teacher and civil rights activist, but he is best known as the designer for some of Motown's best-known album covers, including Marvin Gaye's “What's Going On.” He's now retired and living outside of Wadesboro, with his wife, Donna, a prison chaplain.

McNair, would rather be known for marching for civil rights in the ’40s,…


Added by KnightD12 on April 26, 2009 at 2:30pm — 111 Comments

My Heart's Desire

my soul's on fire, as my heart desires

flutter and dance like the sun as it shines through a prism.

eyes closed, seeing with my mind. embracing my body from within, caressing my very being.

i am life, i brought forth life. nourished, protected, loved. was taught and taught myself, to love me. the woman that i am. the all encompassing woman that i strive to be. self love is the greatest love.

time passing. each day better than the one before. making it a habit to… Continue

Added by ~Trinity~ on April 26, 2009 at 9:17am — No Comments


Meet BK Jackson he is a High School Student in Tampa Fl who Graduates this June, does many gigs in Florida and elsewhere inbetween school, practice and as he told me "More School" lol He is a Sweet Religious Respectful, Tremendous Talent and plays beyond his years, A truly gifted YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN!

At a Blake HS Performance~Unbelieveable

His Promo Video for 1st CD On The Move ~Yeah He… Continue

Added by ♫ CAT ♫ on April 24, 2009 at 10:03am — No Comments

Kingsbread Sessions Vol 1

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Songwriter, singer, and producer Leon Ware

is one of the less-recognized products of the Motown Records

music factory of the 1960s and '70s,

primarily because he has tended to work behind the scenes

despite recording a series of albums under his own name.

His signature style is a highly romantic approach to soul…

Added by Edie Antoinette on April 22, 2009 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

Sammy Stephens...Flea Market Montgomery

I was watching the top 20 count down of the world's worse commercials the other night and this dude was number 1, i was cracking up at the Stepin Fetchit Eyes and the Dancing, but this is very creative and he is a Youtube sensation... This dude got me rollin....LOL

Flea Market Montgomery is a 73,000 square-foot flea market in Montgomery, Alabama, which advertises itself as being "just like a mini-mall." The market is owned by local… Continue

Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on April 19, 2009 at 2:06pm — 4 Comments

Introducing Dennis Coleman New Single Release ~ Take A Chance Kudo's My Friend A One Man Band

Just Look all the Musicians are Dennis he is Multiinstrumental and a whole lot of Soul &… Continue

Added by ♫ CAT ♫ on April 16, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Sonja Marie-Black Album Vol 1

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Out of the darkness, comes the void…

the promise of something untouched and uncharted.

The beginning of a life you

might fearfully welcome with an, “ok, give it to me” smile;

The contents of the Black album personifies this… A collection of

feelings I almost forgot to tell you, as it opens me up to…create a

new! I…

Added by Edie Antoinette on April 16, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

There is something special about That old school sound. The old artist, having soul as they did and some still do who are still around, had a uniqueness about them that makes you feel the song beyond…

There is something special about That old school sound. The old artist, having soul as they did and some still do who are still around, had a uniqueness about them that makes you feel the song beyond the words and the music. It's SOUL. There isn't and there will never be anything that will or can replace it. There are younger artist that have they same gift. However, without the old school sound the feeling is no where the same. With "Old School" there is a commitment spawned by accountabilty… Continue

Added by Steve Powell on April 16, 2009 at 2:52pm — 3 Comments

Process & The Doo Rags

Produced by Rick James, Process & the Doo Rags looked like a '50s doo-wop group with their "processed" hairdos. Actually, the Buffalo, NY group was in vogue, a part of a brief mid-'80s run of harmonizing vocal groups that also included the Force MDs. The group's lineup was former Rick James backup singer James Hawkins, Stacy Lattimore, Henry Graham, Dennis Andrews, and Michael Gibson. Their charting single, "Stomp and Shout," from their 1985… Continue

Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on April 16, 2009 at 10:24am — 7 Comments

Susan Boyle-Simply Incredible!

This woman's voice has me mesmerized! Susan Boyle on

"Britain's Got… Continue

Added by Edie Antoinette on April 15, 2009 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Original Founding Member of The Delphonics Randy Cain R.I.P

Posted on Sat, Apr. 11, 2009

Dan Gross: Randy Cain, member of the Delfonics, dies at 63

By Dan Gross

Philadelphia Daily News

RANDY CAIN, who was a founding member of Philly soul band the Delfonics and who sang on such hits as "La La Means I Love You," and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," died Thursday. He was 63.

No cause of death was yet known for Cain, who formed the Delfonics with brothers William and… Continue

Added by ♫ CAT ♫ on April 13, 2009 at 11:03am — 1 Comment


You wrap me up in cotton candy, Lord.

swirling gently in a heavenly bed..

while your breezes sweet,

sing melodies of eons of time

gone by..and whisper eons more ahead.

You give me taffy apple'd hugs of love

and freshly roasted peanuts of joy..

lemonade dripping from your expanse

mixed with laughter from above..

Oh, do not take, from my happy…

Added by Edie Antoinette on April 9, 2009 at 10:30am — 7 Comments


Thank you to everyone who has sent me welcome messages, been so friendly, and made me feel welcome here !


Added by Amanda on April 8, 2009 at 1:56am — 2 Comments

Otis Williams talks about The Temptations

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Otis Williams

Real name is Otis Miles

Born October 30, 1941 Texarkana, Texas

Formed Otis Williams and The Siberians with Elbridge "Al" Bryant, James "Pee Wee" Crawford, Arthur Walton, and Vernard Plain. Plain was the lead singer.

Changed name to The Distants. The group consisted of Williams, Plain, Crawford, Bryant,… Continue

Added by KnightD12 on April 5, 2009 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

Can we heal from the past?

One man's ambivalent retreat from his racist past

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Elwin Hope Wilson leans back in his recliner, a sad, sickly man haunted by time.

Antique clocks, at least a hundred of them, fill his neat ranch home on Tillman Street. Grandfather clocks, mantel clocks, cuckoos and Westministers, all ticking, chiming and clanging in an hourly cacophony that measures the passing days.

Why clocks? his wife Judy has often asked during their 49 years… Continue

Added by Mizterman on April 5, 2009 at 4:06am — 2 Comments

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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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