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In a room high above the busy streets of Manhattan, a young man removed the glass from the window of his apartment. He placed it on his bed, looked out at the magnificent skyline, and contemplated his life. He was Donny Hathaway.

Born on October 1, 1945, Donny sang in the church at the side of his grandmother from the age of three, and soon after became a child prodigy on the piano. After winning a full-ride scholarship in fine arts to Howard University, Hathaway dropped out in 1967 to pursue a career in music. Donny built his new career as a stellar studio musician and producer at Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records. But it was at Atlantic Records that he released his first recording.


This is an excerpt of a tribute to Donny Hathaway posted today by Richard Kenyada. Please click on the link to read this tribute to Donny and the 40th anniversary of his song The Ghetto. The tribute was written by a very good friend of mind and I asked him if I could link to his article to share this awesome piece with my friends here.

I didn’t want to alter his tribute so I hope you don’t mind linking to his page to read the tribute

I won't say anything else, the article says it all....I hope you like it.


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Comment by Edie Antoinette on September 10, 2009 at 11:17pm
I loves me some Donny Hathaway and Lalah looks just like her Dada!
Comment by Boo on September 10, 2009 at 10:47pm
I just had to add this song

Comment by Edie Antoinette on September 10, 2009 at 1:58pm
Nooo Zee..you're not the only one obviously. I'll send out a heads up on it. Each one of those boxes is relative to that particular site.
Comment by ZeroGravity on September 10, 2009 at 12:05pm
I thought that search was for the ENTIRE ning site...wow, all this time that I didn't use it duh! lol Thanks for pointing that out...I saw it many times but never tried it because I thought....oh well hehehe
Comment by Edie Antoinette on September 10, 2009 at 7:58am
Comment by Edie Antoinette on September 10, 2009 at 7:56am
Zero, you would be astounded to realize that OOTP (and all other Ning sites) does indeed have a search feature. It's at the top right of every page with the words "Search Social Network". There is a magnifying glass on the right of it. I did a couple of blogs on Lalah, including her father, Donny. The fact that you missed it means I should send out a messege--thanks for helping to realize that. :)

Comment by ZeroGravity on September 10, 2009 at 6:32am
Brother Sole, something about that picture captivates me...can't quite put my hands on it, but it does. That would make a great theme for anything pertaining to a Ghetto.

Bert, I wasn't that much into Donny either, but it's interesting when someone that has a passion for something describes that something to you, even if you don't like it particularly, you can appreciate and maybe even see it in a different light...this is how I was after reading Richard's tribute.

Edie, as soon as I saw Donny Hathaway in Richard's piece I immediately thought of here and wanted to share with the family. I had figured that Donny was somewhere buried (excuse the pun) in the archives of OOTP, but without a search feature, it would be difficult finding him. (you really need a search feature...you have too many treasures undiscovered here). I'm glad you like the piece.
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on September 9, 2009 at 8:18pm
This is my all time favorite Donnie Hathaway song, i remember when The Rapper 2 Short sampled this...I love taking songs like this and having my page set up to a Ghetto Theme from The 1970's...Something along the lines of a pic like this...

I hope them Brothers ain't Gay....LOL
Comment by Edie Antoinette on September 9, 2009 at 8:17pm
Magnificent! Simply magnificent. I never met Donny Hathaway, but I had a connection with him--I can't explain it. We were both born on October 1st..and I had all of his LP's...

When he composed Extension Of A Man...it sent chills through me. It is a masterpiece...and WAY ahead of it's time. I still react to that album in a most intimate way, spiritually. I cried and cried when my Donny died.

Glenn, I want to thank you for bringing Donny's work to the fore. I also want to thank you for leading us to that brilliantly done article by Kenyada. Superb! I never knew Donny suffered from schizophrenia ... and 14 pills 3x's a day? Poor, poor baby. *sigh* I did do some things centered around him. You know how it is with me..OOTP is the house of many treasures. So many that I be forgettin' what's here! LOL! I did an extensive piece on him and his baby girl, Lalah. I'll dig it up for you.

Thanks Again...this was wonderful!
Comment by Boo on September 9, 2009 at 7:54pm
It took me a while to get into Donnie, but after I did and found out about his life I was to sad.He went through some stuff. I love Young Gifted And Black and The Ghetto.

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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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