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At 4:39am on November 8, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Hey Sweetie!
At 9:07pm on September 8, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
What do you have when you combine, to much traveling, eating dinner, drinking wine and beer, and a crazy nephew with a Camera Phone....

Uncle Blue Snoozing On Labor Day....ROFLMBOOOOO
At 11:33am on August 31, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
The Road To The White House Begins Here....

At 9:05pm on August 28, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Trying to stop by and say hi, but as you can see, thats impossible...

At 8:31pm on August 12, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Yeah i can just see Jack doing that....ROFLMBO
At 6:20pm on July 30, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Thinking about you..
At 8:51pm on July 23, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Otis Redding & The Bar-Kays - Try a little tenderness, December 9, 1967. This is Otis Redding's last television performance taped less than 24 hours before He and most of the Bar-Kays were killed in the plane crash on December 10th 1967.

At 12:39pm on July 3, 2008, No1Alky said…
Hi Jack-of-Hearts. I'm enjoying my stay in this place and your page. Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello. It's an honor and pleasure to see you. I'm hoping your day is as beautiful as you. Much love....*HUG*

At 8:54am on June 28, 2008, gmack said…
Hey now you just have to get your $hit together fix that pc or get another one soon we can't keep missing each other like this. lol ....Good morning Rose
At 11:41am on June 26, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Where's my sweetie winnie aunt?? *stompin foot* gmack is here and now you ain't! waaaaaa!!!!!
At 1:17pm on June 23, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
I just got back in town, i just had to go see my new Grandbaby...SMILE. These are not the greatest pics, glad i bought another camera. I have to get that film developed.

My Grand-Daughter Janiyah, born June 22nd, 2008...
5 pounds 10 ounces

Papa and Janiyah

Grand-Daughters Jaleesa and Janiyah

Grandkids Jaleesa and Jabarie

At 10:46pm on June 16, 2008, Pat aka Octdremer said…
Hi Jack! What's up? Just wanted to tell you that you were awesome at the MnG! I'm happy you were there..taking care of me...and being so graciously kind! Loving you for who and what you portray!

Rest peacefully! Huggiez!
At 8:01pm on June 16, 2008, JazzWorld said…
I love this bg...ha ha ha ha!!!!
At 8:01pm on June 16, 2008, JazzWorld said…
When's the last time you visited JazzWorld?
..and waiting
At 1:54pm on June 15, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Bake And The Tenderhearts...Fork In The Road

Bake And The Tenderhearts...Ooo Baby Baby

Bake And The Tenderhearts...That's What Love Is Made Of

Bake and the Tenderhearts...Bad Girl

At 9:07am on May 31, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Even i can make Reading Glasses Sexy....LOL

At 1:26pm on May 10, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
I just saw a 73 El-Dog (thats what we used to called them...lol) in a yard down the street, it looked bout as bad as this one...

I was so saddened by it's apperence, i was looking just like this...

At 7:43am on May 10, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…

About 4 or 5 years ago, i had a Players Ball page up on a site called EbonyVoices...It was my very first and only Players Ball until now....ROFLMBO. I just know Mama Edie gonna get a kick out of this...LOL, so lets all find those Pimp and Player pics and have a BALL, A PLAYERS BALL...ROFLMBO

I even found the song i used on that page, but i sure wish i still had that flyer i created for this song, it went something along the lines of "Welcome To The Players Ball With Special Guest Performer Mr. Rick James" Ahhhhh the memories....ROFLMBO
At 7:43am on May 10, 2008, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…



At 4:26pm on May 5, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…

Hey Chica!

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Spotlight | Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
  4. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  5. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  6. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  7. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  8. play Norman Brown — Still
  9. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
  12. play miles 4
  13. play miles 5
  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  15. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  16. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  17. 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) 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.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

Power...Through Simplicity ♪♫♪



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