October 2009 Blog Posts (10)

The Ponderosa Twins Plus One

This five-member vocal group consisted of two sets of identical twins (Alfred and Alvin Pelham, Keith and Kirk Gardner), and the "plus one," (Ricky Spicer).

They grew up and received their education on the north side of Cleveland, Ohio; all attended Patrick Henry Jr. High where they formed the group. Tony Wilson, who became their road manager, discovered the lads and brought them to the attention of Bobby Massey (at the time a member… Continue

Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on October 30, 2009 at 1:03pm — 6 Comments

Bird of the Iron Feather

The first Black produced TV drama series in the USA.

Added by Harold Lee Rush on October 29, 2009 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

Michael Jackson Performs Ben (1973 Academy Awards)

This Is Probably The Best Video On Youtube Of Michael Jackson Singing Ben. It Was At The 1973 Academy Awards, I Had Forgot That The Song Was Also Nominated For An Academy Award For Best Original Song In 1973…


Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on October 24, 2009 at 11:54am — 10 Comments

Don Julian & The Larks...Shorty The Pimp

Shorty the Pimp was to have been a blaxploitation movie around 1973, but was never released due to various problems; supposedly, only one rough cut of the movie now exists, rumored to be in the hands of director Quentin Tarantino.

This is the soundtrack album that would have accompanied the project, performed by journeyman Los Angeles soul band Don Julian & the Larks. The soundtrack was canceled along with the film, though most of… Continue

Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on October 19, 2009 at 3:21pm — 3 Comments

Blaxploitation Show

I want to thank everyone for listening to the last night.

If you missed it,or you want to hear it again, here's the link.

and check out Black Dynamite this weekend!


Added by Gary on October 16, 2009 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

Any Fans of Blaxploitation Films?

If the answer is yes,then I cordially invite you to check out my salute to Blaxploitation Films and the music.

The show airs tomorrow night from 9pm-midnight. (cst)

You will hear some great music from your favorite films,and as a added bonus, you'll hear some classic radio spots from your favorite films.

This is a one night only event, so you don't want to misss this !

Dusties Party Salute to Blaxploitation… Continue

Added by Gary on October 14, 2009 at 4:26pm — 7 Comments

Jennifer Hudson and son David Otunga.......Tooooo Cute !!!!!!

Meet Jennifer Hudson's Newborn Son!

By Julie Jordan

Jennifer Hudson and son David Photo by: Derek Blanks / Ken Barboza Associates / Hilton Media Group

Motherhood definitely seems to agree with Jennifer Hudson, who gave birth to her first child, David – named after her fiancé, David Otunga – on Aug. 10.

"I love being nurturing and caring because I love to see other people happy," says Hudson. "Who better to devote… Continue

Added by Boo on October 8, 2009 at 9:51pm — 3 Comments

Some Songs Are Based On A True - To Life Experence

In the song, the narrator tells his lover she is free to mingle and socialize throughout the evening, but to make sure to save him one dance at the end of the night. The song is likely based on the personal experience of songwriter Pomus, who had polio and used crutches to get around and could not dance.[4] His wife, however, was a Broadway actress and dancer. The song gives his perspective of plaintively telling his wife to have fun dancing, but reminds her who will be taking her home and "in… Continue

Added by Boo on October 3, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments


It hurts to love someone

and not be loved in return,

but what is most painful is to love someone

and never finding the courage to let the

person know how you feel.

Maybe God wants us to meet

a few wrong people

before meeting the right one

so that when we finally

meet the right person,

we should know how to be grateful for that gift.

Love is when you take away the feeling,

the passion, the romance -

and you find out you… Continue

Added by Boo on October 1, 2009 at 11:55pm — 3 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
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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.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

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