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 mother for saving her live.

Opening up: Whitney Houston spoke about her drug addiction with Oprah Winfrey

Whitney says Bobby Brown, her husband at the time, was scared of his mother-in-law and stood motionless while Whitney was taken away to rehab.
The singer said: “One day, my mother came to my house, she walks in with these sheriffs.
Low point: The singer, wearing a tracksuit and fur coat in 2005, says she wore pyjamas for seven months

'She said, "I’m not losing you to the world - I have a court injunction here - you’re either going to do it my way or we’re just not going to do this at all.

'"We’re both going to go on TV and you’re going to retire. This is not worth it."'

Whitney revealed that Cissy’s intervention scared her ex, Bobby Brown, into submission. Whitney recalled: 'Cissy said, "If you move Bobby, they’re going to take you down. Don’t make one move!"
He stood there like he was scared. She said, "Let’s go. Let’s do this."'
The relevation emerged from an exclusive two-part interview with Oprah, in which she reveals how her life first began to spiral out of control after her hit film the Bodyguard in 1992.
Whitney says she spent seven months wearing just pyjamas in the depths of her drug hell with husband Bobby Brown.
'It will leave you gasping,' teased Winfrey. The episode is set to air in the US on Monday.

The chat show host added: 'She does not blame Bobby Brown and she takes full responsibility for her engagement in drugs.

'At one point she says, "I didn't get out of my pyjamas for seven months".'

Winfrey said she asked the singer before the interview what she wanted to achieve 'She said, 'I want to tell my story, I want to tell the truth".'
Houston is now promoting her new album I Look To You, her first studio CD in seven years.

In her last television interview, in 2002 with Diane Sawyer, Houston famously denied taking crack cocaine.
She told Sawyer at the time: 'I make too much money to smoke crack. Crack is whack.'
Despite her denials, she checked into rehab in Georgia two years later.
Whitney with mother Cissy and father John in 1987

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But since splitting from ex-husband Bobby Brown in 2006 and winning custody of their daughter Bobbi Kristina, Houston has been steadily planning her comeback with the help of J Records boss Clive Davis. Houston is the only artist ever to have had seven consecutive multiplatinum albums, beating even the Beatles. Worldwide she has sold 140 million albums and 50 million singles, with I Will Always Love You, released in 1993, becoming one of the biggest selling records of all time.

Early life
Whitney Houston was born in a rough neighborhood in the projects of Newark, New Jersey. She is the third and youngest child of John and gospel singer Cissy Houston.[10] Her mother, along with cousin Dionne Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin are all notable figures in the gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, and soul genres. Houston was raised a Baptist, but was also exposed to the Pentecostal church. After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle class area in East Orange, New Jersey when she was four.[10] At the age of eleven, Houston began to follow in her mothers footsteps and started performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she also learned to play the piano.[11] Her first solo performance in the church was "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah". When Houston was a teenager, her parents divorced and she continued to live with her mother. She attended a Roman Catholic single-sex high school, Mount Saint Dominic Academy, where she met her best friend Robyn Crawford, whom she describes as the "sister she never had." While Houston was still in school, her mother continued to teach her how to sing. In addition to her mother, Franklin, and Warwick, Houston was also exposed to the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, and Roberta Flack, most of whom would have an impact on her as a singer and performer.[12]

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Comment by Boo on September 17, 2009 at 9:02pm
Hey MzzzDiva & computer is acting crazy, most of the time when I get on it will freeze up and I can't do a thang. I had plan to do a nice blog on Whitney, you know I can do better than this one but anyway thanks for commenting on this such as it is, right now everything is ok, don't know for how long.......anyway I went to sleep on Whitnet's first night , I saw most of the second night's....She really looks good
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on September 15, 2009 at 9:36pm
Awwwwww, i wanted to see this

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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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