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At 9:46am on August 20, 2023, Edie Antoinette said…

Excellent. You know you be jammin. I have tried to make sure our home here stays fun. I know "I" be having some. LOL! Sending love and hugs!

At 3:42pm on August 19, 2023, Edie Antoinette said…

That Floyd Taylor is tight!

At 3:35pm on August 19, 2023, Edie Antoinette said…

Hey Honey! SO good to see you! I'm still going. A blessing. It's slamming uppin here! I miss you and I miss your sister too. How you doing?

At 3:16am on June 7, 2023, Edie Antoinette said…

Hey Man!

At 11:16pm on August 5, 2022, Edie Antoinette said…


At 4:26pm on August 4, 2022, Denyse Phipps-Crank said…

Hey how are you?

At 4:02pm on November 21, 2018, Edie Antoinette said…

Thank You Sweetheart!
Every day is thanks giving and I am grateful for friends like
Hugs and Love Always!

At 5:43pm on November 9, 2018, Edie Antoinette said…

I welcome your thoughts. Examine the evidence and then decide for yourself whether to believe in evolution or creation.

Personally, I've examined it and believe what the Bible has to say about it. I don't try to force anyone else to though. Feel free to share your thoughts though, anytime my dear Knight. Love and Hugs.

At 2:11pm on November 7, 2018, Edie Antoinette said…

Thanks dear... Alot of people believe in evolution. My thing is...if that's the case then why are there still apes? But anyway, food for thought. It was nice of you to stop in and say hi. Take good care and here's a hug! ---E

At 5:18pm on November 6, 2018, Edie Antoinette said…

My thing is based on the fact that I don't trust Ancestry. Period. They have gobbled up everything that was free for research and could tell you 'anything' regarding those tests. It may be a new thought for you but I look forward to meeting my ancestors all the way back to Noah's time---every one. The Bible speaks of the resurrection of those who have passed away. Imagine the stories that they will tell... I, too, am a descendant of slaves---Indians as well. Indeed, all of us can be traced back to two people...Adam & Eve. We're basically all related. Anyway, you can have them chitterlings, my friend. Hahahahaha! All the hot sauce in the 'world' can't make up for that...smell. LOL!

At 2:43pm on November 5, 2018, Edie Antoinette said…

Ohhhh how I LOVE these colors! You be gettin...down! In response to your last comment--- Hahahahahahaha! You know ALL black folks claim they got Indian in em. Hahahaha! The Indians be like...Mmmm Hmmm. It's called Ubangie Indian. LOL! It's just me but I ain't studdin Ancestry. They can come down to a penny per test and I would still pass. Ha!

Thanks so much for checking in dear. I think about you and your sister often. I miss her. Take good care of yourself. :) Love and Hugs!

At 6:55am on June 12, 2018, Edie Antoinette said…

You're always killin it ... Style for days. :)

At 9:32pm on June 10, 2018, Edie Antoinette said…

Your changes are tight Gene!!!! i love your profile pic too! Gone head ON widdit man! lol

At 5:11pm on June 4, 2018, Edie Antoinette said…

A reunion would be a dream. I feel extremely grateful for the gift of this site. My love for the music and members has kept it going and the light will forever remain on the porch I hope.

I can't speak for anyone else---but knowing you'll be here more often is enough for me. I used to get depressed over the lack of activity until one day I was like... please. You can't control anybody but yo own big 4head, so be grateful and enjoy your efforts. That's what I do too. Be having a BALL! Much love to you my friend and brother. And thanks for the beautifully encouraging words dear. 

At 6:22am on May 30, 2018, Edie Antoinette said…

Yay!!!!! I was SO happy to see your note. *waving and sending tight hugs*

At 12:08pm on December 20, 2017, Edie Antoinette said…

Thanks for thinking of me Dear!

At 4:53pm on October 7, 2017, Edie Antoinette said…

Good to see you!

At 10:17pm on February 24, 2017, Edie Antoinette said…

Updates are on FIRE!!!!!

At 3:25pm on February 19, 2017, Edie Antoinette said…

I think about you and your sister all the time. I'm hanging in here, loving life. Seeing you here thrills my heart! Thanks on the aesthetics too. I'm loving your ambiance too. Love and Hugs Gene!

At 1:29pm on April 30, 2015, Edie Antoinette said…
Hey Gene!!! All is well. How are you?

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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
  10. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  11. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  12. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue

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.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

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