September 2009 Blog Posts (12)

Love Never Fails

L....ove is the everlasting fiber that binds pure hearts

O...if everyone living would show it more fully

V...erifying it's power by all that they do

E...ach moment ...taking note of God's generosity

N...ever letting a day go by without thanking Him or

E...ndeavoring to please Him by obedience through

V...isiting and revisiting His Word

E...ntreating Him by heartfelt prayer while

R...elying on Him to… Continue

Added by Edie Antoinette on September 28, 2009 at 7:59pm — No Comments


Born in 1970 and raised in dallas, texas, chonita gilbert grew up playing the piano, the clarinet and, of course, singing. having come into a world in the wake of the hippy movement, just as disco culture was gaining ground as the predominant musical craze, n'dambi's musical influences were—and continue to be—quite varied. her parents, both reverends, introduced her to the music of the church, at an early age, with her father also attempting to direct her…


Added by Edie Antoinette on September 28, 2009 at 7:49pm — No Comments

I Remember The Point

Way in the distance as you approached you could hear the sounds of the bongos.*See "Circle Of Drummers".

I remember the excitement that I always felt hearing those drums.

The 60's and early 70's...memories.

"The Point" is a man-made peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan, part of Chicago's… Continue

Added by Edie Antoinette on September 28, 2009 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Circle Of Drummers

Every evening at dusk, a group of drummers form a circle in front of the 63rd Street Beach House on Chicago's South Side. "They just know to come," said Rick Taylor, a drumming teacher, who has been part of the circle since 1983. "There is no organization." The drummers have been meeting here daily for the last 40 years, when the weather permits, of course.

"The circle is here at 63rd Street because of the nearby communities. Most of…


Added by Edie Antoinette on September 28, 2009 at 7:44pm — 5 Comments

What are your views on smoking?

When your parents were young, people could buy cigarettes and smoke pretty much anywhere — even in hospitals! Ads for cigarettes were all over the place. Today we're more aware about how bad smoking is for our health. Smoking is restricted or banned in almost all public places and cigarette companies are no longer allowed to advertise on TV, radio, and in many magazines.

Almost everyone knows that smoking causes cancer, emphysema, and heart disease; that it can shorten your life by… Continue

Added by Boo on September 21, 2009 at 8:25pm — 7 Comments

Don't forget to watch Whitney on Oprah.....then we will talk

'My mother forced me into rehab by staging an intervention with armed police'

Whitney's Houston's mother staged an intervention involving armed police to save the singer as she spiralled out of control.

Cissy Houston got a court injunction in attempt to force Whitney into rehab and save her from drug addiction.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey which is due to air in the US on Monday, the singer credits her… Continue

Added by Boo on September 13, 2009 at 10:47pm — 2 Comments

War...The World Is A Ghetto

I was blasting this on the way home from work today...I have the whole CD..

Best known for its distinctive fusion of Latin-flavored jazz, funk, rock, and soul, War was unquestionably one of the most successful fusion bands to emerge in the early '70s.

Initially working with Eric Burdon, former lead singer with the British '60s band the Animals, the seven-member team enjoyed a commercial breakthrough with 1971's "All Day… Continue

Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on September 9, 2009 at 8:04pm — 4 Comments

The Ghetto-40th Anniv.

** I'm still trying to get the hang of embedding videos and songs, so if you don't see it, click on the this link to view the video **… Continue

Added by ZeroGravity on September 9, 2009 at 6:43pm — 10 Comments

Chicago Black Radio 1980's

Added by Harold Lee Rush on September 8, 2009 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

Bruce Willis & The Temptations

A year before he hit the bigtime with a $5 million leading role in Die Hard, Willis recorded this dodgy album of R&B and blues covers. With guest turns from Booker T. Jones, Ruth Pointer and The Temptations, it enjoyed a brief spell of success, but is now regarded as little more than a kitsch curiosity....

I didn't know Bruce had it in him....LOL


Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on September 6, 2009 at 12:10pm — 6 Comments


A War For Your Soul-Birmingham version from Erisai Films on Vimeo.

This video was created to inspire young at-risk African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society.

This video should not to be used to divide people (Black & White).

This video should not be used to criticize all aspects of hip-hop… Continue

Added by Boo on September 5, 2009 at 10:02am — 7 Comments

Our Trip To New Orleans (Pre-Katrina)

...The Land of My Mother's Birth

All photography By edie2k2©…


Added by Edie Antoinette on September 3, 2009 at 1:40am — 2 Comments

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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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