November 2007 Blog Posts (15)

Car Wash - 1976


Director Michael Schultz follows up his critically acclaimed and commercially successful COOLEY HIGH with this hilarious day-in-the-life tale set in modern day Los Angeles. At Sully Boyar's car wash, a juvenile, motley crew of city dwellers "work their fingers to the bone" waiting on the…

Added by Edie Antoinette on November 29, 2007 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Music Just Aint The Same

It's too bad the music these days sounds like the same old junk!!! I remember music from back in the days songs would have like a good minute to a minute and a half instrumental intro building you, as the listener, up to anticipate the soft melodic sounds of their lyrics. What happened to the originality of music these days? What happened to the songs that made you feel what they were singing? What happened to actual bands with instruments? Hey, at least we have memories of how it used to be… Continue

Added by D.T. on November 29, 2007 at 4:41am — No Comments

The Miracles...Renaissance Album 1973

Albums like Renaissance proved that the Miracles could still produce even if their leader Smokey Robinson had gone solo. In fact, Smokey was never far away as he was the executive producer of the album, and the song writing talents of Leon Ware, Willie Hutch, and Larry Mizell, amongst others helped them out. Most of the tracks are lush slow Soul numbers such as If You’re Ever In The Neighborhood, I Wanna Be With You, Wigs And… Continue

Added by Shelley "SoleMann" King on November 28, 2007 at 8:03pm — 1 Comment

Moon Tanned

Bathed in a glistening beckon

and moon-tanned to perfection

--he melts my heart strings.

I look at


and feel his warmth

engulfing me as I am transfixed

on the sparkle

in his eyes,

those radiant

soft 'confident' cradles

of affection, wisdom

and unspoken…


Added by Edie Antoinette on November 23, 2007 at 11:30pm — No Comments

When I Look In Your Eyes

So many nights have passed

and waved hello

to the entering sun

while fading beyond the stars

and beyond my dreams.

Throughout them all,

I've thought about

your eyes,

and the way they

'told' me things

that my heart needed

and wanted to hear.

I miss those nights.

The feelings have engraved

a permanent place

in my being,

like so many



Added by Edie Antoinette on November 17, 2007 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Just Like Dreaming..

cover art

One of my all-time favorites--(thanks Old school C!!)

Sublime jazzy soul from Twennynine -- a combo that's headed by drummer Lenny White, but which is a really solid group affair overall! Twennynine have a perfect sense of poise…


Added by Edie Antoinette on November 10, 2007 at 10:26pm — No Comments

CURTIS MAYFIELD "Master Of Old School"

"Curtis Mayfield was a genius--an innovator--a MASTER at weaving the 'perfect' musical backdrop for what we enjoyed back in the day, particularly in the film genre. Can you imagine the Blaxploitation flicks like SuperFly without his…


Added by Edie Antoinette on November 10, 2007 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

James Brown

..the self-described "Godfather of Soul" and giant of 20th century American music, died early Christmas Day at the age of 73.

Brown's agent Frank Copsidas said the singer was hospitalized with severe pneumonia on Sunday, December 25, 2006, Christmas Day. Brown died around 1:45 a.m. ET on Monday of heart failure at Emory Crawford Long…

Added by Edie Antoinette on November 10, 2007 at 4:44pm — 3 Comments

My Birthday

Wasssup my Beautiful people just lettin ya'll know that tomorrow Nov 11th I will turn 41 and I'm thankful to see another year so stop by and celebrate with me and yes I am accepting gifts of all sorts so come by and help make it a great day for me!!!!!


Added by Bobby J on November 10, 2007 at 8:14am — No Comments

The Inimitable Me'Shell Ndege'Ocello

...born michelle johnson in 1969, me'shell ndegéocello spent the first years of her life in germany. the daughter of a devotely religious mother and a strict military father, the family relocated to virginia in the early 1970s. though discipline prevailed in her home life, her father's occasional gigging as a jazz saxophonist provided her an…


Added by Edie Antoinette on November 7, 2007 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

May This Be Love


Nothing can harm me at all

My worries seem so very small

With my waterfall

I can see

My rainbow calling me

Through the misty breeze

Of my waterfall

Some people say

Day-dreamings for all the

Lazy minded fools

With nothin else to do

So let them laugh, laugh at me

So just as long as I have you

To see me through

I have…

Added by Edie Antoinette on November 7, 2007 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Your Smile

I took my walk around the square today

feeling a sense of

renewal and ease

I noticed the children

as they ran and played

as I strolled

holding hands with

the breeze.

My thoughts sauntered lazily throughout

my head

as my senses

inhaled sights and sounds...

I smelled popcorn

and chinese food


and soft rain



Added by Edie Antoinette on November 3, 2007 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

My Southern soul blues group in myspace

I have a southern soul blues group in myspace.I have many blues artists as members.I have a forum and chatbox in the group.Everynight we have fun there.I have now 332 members and I am looking for more.If anyone read this and is a member to myspace do stop by and join my group.I have a feature member every day and I post a bullient so everyone will know the feature member.

Added by Ms Hot DJ on November 1, 2007 at 8:06pm — No Comments

My Radio Station

I have my own internet radio station.My music play 24/7.I play Southern soul blues and oldies and I love every minute of it.I have many people that listen to my station day and night.Some of the artists I play is Steve Perry,William Bell,Loraine Turner,Ms Jody,Jerry L,Carl Marshall and many more.Do tune in and listen to my station.

Added by Ms Hot DJ on November 1, 2007 at 7:53pm — 1 Comment

The Soul Stirrers..w/Sam Cooke


Added by Edie Antoinette on November 1, 2007 at 8:00am — No 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
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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) 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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