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At 8:36am on January 27, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Hey Mayne! Thanks for stopping by and leaving the kudos on my video as well. Hope all is well in your side of the world.
At 11:28am on January 20, 2011, Victoria Lynn said…

I visited your page and it was jamming Party for the Hardy!  I also found a dress very simular to the dress Aretha has on in your post. It was by accident that I found it and guess who bought it?


Luv Vee

At 10:46pm on January 10, 2011, Boo said…
you know Sheila was talking about snow cream today milk, flavor and sugar call her tomorrow, I  think I  will be here , I'm trying to decide
At 10:47am on January 10, 2011, Victoria Lynn said…
Thank you so much for your compliment. Your music is slamming and I love the way you accented your page it is sharp!
At 1:14pm on January 9, 2011, Boo said…

At 11:21am on January 8, 2011, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Gene my Brother, i love the groovy vibe of your page
At 11:04am on January 8, 2011, Victoria Lynn said…
Aretha will always be the Queen Of Soul. She looks gorgeous in that picture! : )
At 12:20am on January 8, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…

Ooooo!!!! Your background is GORGEOUS!!!!

At 10:20pm on January 4, 2011, Boo said…
Hello there, guess who
At 3:39am on December 24, 2010, Edie Antoinette said…
Hey there Gene. Good to see you.
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At 1:36am on November 8, 2010, Edie Antoinette said…
Gene, I want to thank you for your donation and support for our site. I truly appreciate it.
At 6:09pm on November 5, 2010, Edie Antoinette said…
Update: I have restored our Donate Button above the chatbox on every page. Thanks!
At 12:06pm on November 5, 2010, Edie Antoinette said…
Hi Gene! I am having some issues with our Donate Button so I took it down. Ning double-billed me and I only had enough in there for 1 Month of Pro so Paypal is tripping. I sent a note to both...but whatever. Don't worry about it for now and thanks for asking. How have you been?
At 6:27am on November 5, 2010, Victoria Lynn said…
Yes. edie2k2. I am at home with the oldies, so i thought this would be a good site to join.
At 2:00am on October 25, 2010, Calihoney said…
Hi brother!!!Miss ya,CALI

At 7:42pm on September 24, 2010, Edie Antoinette said…
That "Yeah Scratch" is TIGHT! Hope all is well.
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  1. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  2. play Norman Brown — Feeling
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  4. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  5. play miles 2
  6. play miles 3
  7. play miles 4
  8. play miles 5
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  10. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
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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.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

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