August 2009 Blog Posts (27)

Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66

I played this album until it disintegrated in the 60's as a teenager. On my prom, me and my date Harry parked by the lake and played the 8 track while looking at the stars from the car..all night. I would have to say So Many Stars is one of my favorites, although the whole album is indelibly linked to my memories of summer love and the age of innocence...edie

Sérgio Santos Mendes, born February 11, 1941 in Niterói, Brazil)… Continue

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Rosa Passos

Rosa Passos (born April 13 1952)

is a Brazilian singer and guitarist born in Bahia.

Passos began playing piano at age three, but after listening to Dorival Caymmi and Joao Gilberto she abandoned the instrument to become a singer. In the late 1960s, Passos began appearing on television and at music festivals. In 1972 she submitted the song "Mutilados"…

Added by Edie Antoinette on August 27, 2009 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Michael Franks' Abandoned Garden

An Eloquent Tribute to Jobim

Michael with his hero

Antonio Carlos Jobim, 1978

I must confess: I adore Brazilian jazz. Its seductive lyrics, exotic percussion, and gorgeous chord changes combine to make… Continue

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Bebel & Friends

Bebel Gilberto (born Isabel Gilberto de Oliveira on May 12, 1966 in New York City) is an American-born Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian popular singer often associated with bossa nova. She is the daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha. Her uncle is singer/composer Chico Buarque. Bebel has been performing since her youth in Rio de Janeiro.…

Jazz Lounge, Vol. 2


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Doo Wop Singers Fight Back Against Impostors

The doo wop era of the 1950s and '60s gave us so many memorable songs and famous groups. Like "Charlie Brown" and "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "The Great Pretender" by the Platters, and "Under the Boardwalk" and "On Broadway" by the Drifters.

"20/20" attended an outdoor concert in New York City a few months ago by the Elsbeary Hobbs Drifters. They sang the Drifters' hits, but the singers… Continue

Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on August 27, 2009 at 2:23pm — 5 Comments

Dori Caymmi

Dori is the son of Dorival Caymmi and Stella Maris, both famous Brazilian musicians. He began playing piano at age eight, studying under Lúcia Branco and Nise Poggi Obino. He studied music theory at the Conservatório Lorenzo Fernandez, and in 1959 made his professional debut accompanying his sister, Nana Caymmi. In 1960 he became a member of Grupo dos Sete, who wrote music for plays aired on Brazilian television. He co-directed and played violão in… Continue

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Paul Horn-Brazilian Images

Play Album

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Pimpin Ain't Easy

Pimp of The Year::::Flyguy::::

Pimpin Ain't Easy Part 1

Pimpin Ain't Easy Part… Continue

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The Bear and the Atheist

The Bear and the Atheist

An Atheist was walking through the woods. "What majestic trees!

"What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!" he said to himself.

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge towards him.

He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder & saw that the…

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The Story Behind Sexual Healing

Marvin Gaye (left) and David Ritz, at Gaye's apartment in Ostend, Belgium, where "Sexual Healing" was written.
Marvin Gaye and David Ritz

By Dale Kawashima

Author David Ritz is best known for writing the autobiographies of music legends B.B. King, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Jerry Wexler, Etta James, the Neville Brothers and Walter…


Added by Edie Antoinette on August 24, 2009 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Kitchenette Building by Gwendolyn Brooks

Russell Lee.

We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan,

Grayed in, and gray. "Dream" mate, a giddy sound, not strong

Like "rent", "feeding a wife", "satisfying a man".

But could a dream sent up through onion fumes

Its white and violet, fight with fried potatoes

And yesterday's garbage ripening in the hall,

Flutter, or sing an aria down these rooms,

Even if we were willing to let it in,

Had time to warm it,…

Added by Edie Antoinette on August 24, 2009 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

A Gift From SmoothJazzWorld and Edie2k2

  1. play George Duke — It's Summertime…

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Al Johnson-A Gift From Edie2k2

This was an LP that I had and fact I loved Norman Connors. He was like Quincy Jones with finding and producing talent. Al Johnson is one such talent.

Alfred Orlando Johnson is an American R&B singer and producer.

Johnson attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and while there joined the soul group The Unifics. The Unifics scored three hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 and 1969 before breaking up in…


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I Remember-What's Going On


Added by Edie Antoinette on August 24, 2009 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Last Days And Time-Earth,Wind & Fire

Last Days And Time
Here's a special gift--I had been looking for this for YEARS!

The first one is my favorite..back in '72 I bought a card for Momma and wrote the lyrics out for her. Take particular note of 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone' too..Philip's first time singing with EWF and he is JAMMIN!!! Feel free to add to your playlist the ones you like and download em too if you want...edie…


Added by Edie Antoinette on August 24, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

What'chu youngins know bout--this??!

  1. play 10 - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody…

Added by Edie Antoinette on August 24, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Essential O'Jays-From Me To You!


  1. play 01-the ojays-back stabbers…

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The Feeling

There is a certain feeling that comes with a sound that takes your to a place that feels like life is getting better. You don't even have to be feeling bad. It just sounds like how you want to feel every day. It's not the lyrics its the groove, the vibration, the recognition of an excitement that comes from the connection with something good on the outside that blends with something wonderful inside of your soul. It just feels so good.

Added by Steve Powell on August 18, 2009 at 5:06pm — 2 Comments

Uncle Ricky D At It Again....LOL

Uncle Ricky D is off the chain...LOL He started off with some Mariah Carey, then finished it off with The Temptations "Ain't To Proud To Beg" and "Get Ready"...Checkout The Temptations Dance Moves....LOL.

Mannnnn everybody needs a Uncle like my Uncle Ricky D....LOL. In that pic up above, he had some wine in that glass...ROFLMBO


Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on August 16, 2009 at 7:32pm — 12 Comments

The Temptations Sing Smokey

In my opinion, one of the greatest Temptation Albums of all time, I have this Album, but nothing to play it on....LOL. I need to take a pic of me holding this album cover, but i don't feel like digging it out the crate....LOL

This is a must have, if you do not have it...My Album is a original and still in mint condition


THE… Continue

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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.
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