What a week! My beloved Momma had to have surgery, which neccessitated my going to the land of my birth for a week. The surgery went well and Mom is on the mend.

During my stay I had the opportunity to eat some good vittles and hear some off the chain music as only those powerful transmitters can broadcast. I also got to do my favorite thing and travel through my past via picture albums, and I ran across a few I hadn't seen in ages, like this goonie 'freshie' shot from 1965.

Of course, I wouldn't mind trading that 13yr old body with all it's energy for this one ..lol. I had a horrendous drive through the ghetto to get to the hospital . I was too afraid to get on the Dan Ryan (I know), so I took the streets all the way from the far far south to the infinite north..ugh. I do not miss the driving habits of my hometown people--um umph! I made it though...so let's take a stroll through some of the pictorial gems that I brought back from Mommie's.
Here's Momma and Pedo back in 74 on 78th and Marshfield.
Look at my little babygirl with her adorable self.
To the right is 'inside' that same place with her older 'brudders' looking like they have an appointment with the guillotine..*bwa ha ha* Look at Chris!!! My goodness!! Tell me why my babies look so forlorn...po' po fellas..maybe they were tired of all the hoopla..but lawd, Chris looks tortured..lol!
This pic to the left isn't in the best of shape but I had em' lined up in the living room. Notice my "feed me Seymour" coleus plant in the windows. That plant grew like wildfire!
Momma with the kids to the right. Chris and Tre had their cute Sherlock Holmes coats on as I called em. I took this one right outside of my uncle Eli's tavern on Loomis.
Daddy! My Daddy! This is a classic for sure of my sorely missed father when he was in the service--I think in Alaska but I'm not sure because it looks warm there.

He was an engineer and in great
shape as you can see. It must have been around '49 or so. I replaced that claus guy to the right with my Daddy. Me and Dena. Momma was like, "who cut my picture?!!?" *tee hee* I'm not sayin, but I did a pretty good job wouldn't you say? LOL!!

Chris was 12mos old when Me and Thomas married. Look at my handsome little man..I still remember that knit suit he wore..sigh.

We had our reception at The Lowden Homes Community Center on 95th St in Chicago. The same center that the doo-woppers would gather outside of on warm summer nights. I still remember the harmony that they produced as they drank Boone's Farm or Ripple w/koolaid. Wonderful memories... anyway,

I digress... Thomas was a Program Director at WDIA in Memphis..here's his publicity shot to the right.
Left, he's doing his thing. The equipment looks so ancient to me now, but I was so proud of him.

The middle pics are him and Pedo looking alike. I took the pic of him while we were on our honeymoon . He was posing in the leather vest that he'd bought me..looked good on him too, and Pedo years later in a similar outfit and pose. I love comparing shots as you can see.
1968-Me and Thomas at the Jr. Prom. He was a Sr. though taking me to mine. That was a prom year for me because he took me to his too.We went to Harlan H.S. in Chicago.

Fast forward from those prom days to 1977 when our youngest baby boy came along..Evan Christian posing for the camera. He was so adorably chocolate.

To the left is Chris and Evan in the kitchen..circa 86.

My poor baby Pedo. Back in 1974 some mysterious illness befell her at 1 years old and I was at the hospital with her. I may be smiling but I was overwhelmed with worry. I had 'just' snatched her from this fat nurse who insisted I leave her in the hospital crib..but she had scratched the back of her neck raw! I was incredulous!

Needless to say the nurse backed off--and so she had better..I was ready to rumble! lol You know how we momma's is!!! hmph!! I screamed at her--"This is MY baby!!!!" right after that when we calmed down Momma snapped this shot. My beautiful mother has 'always' been by our side..sigh. I love her so.
Now popping back in time here's me and Dena to the right in Oakland CA-'57 visiting our maternal grandfather, Leslie. I still remember those stairs and telling Grandfather his kisses tasted like 'soda pop'..lol

Here's a happier time for me and Pedo. Momma had just returned from taking her to see my maternal grandmother Perneria in San Francisco.

I was glad to see them as you can see.

To the right is my oldest grandson Kevin on Chris' wedding day. Him was sharp as a little tac..He is Pedo's oldest, btw. 1993 was the year.

A few years prior Kevin was emulating me by starting my car (below)...ha ha ha ha..look at his determination.

Here's a recent pic of my Pedo with her youngest child, my Coodle Doon. In her arms is my great-niece and my sister Dena's grandbaby whom we call Kitty. She is so adorable.
So there you have it. I brought alot more pics back but this blogging is time consuming--so I'll strike a balancing pose and

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Comment by Edie Antoinette on January 9, 2008 at 10:47am
I appreciate that Carlos...it was great being home.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on January 8, 2008 at 4:47pm
Thank you sweet 7..I'mma get on your request too in a minute.
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on January 8, 2008 at 4:06pm
Awwwww...Now you know i'm just loving this and these pics make me smile...I love how you presented this with the same love and care i have grown accustomed to seeing through out the years and look at my Bumble Bee...SMILE. Pedo is sooooo cute, i love her smile.

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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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