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At 2:23pm on April 7, 2012, stuart orlando morgan said…

Very Glad To Be Here My Brother!!

At 10:50pm on April 6, 2012, Tone said…

Brother Sole, You are the man always got that old school music playing. Love it, Today i stumbled across my Renaissance album and i thought of you... Peace my Brother...

At 9:39pm on April 3, 2012, Edie Antoinette said…

This is a wonderful day for me....Ahhhhhhhh! And you put the icing on the cake by coming by even though you're tired. Get some rest and kiss Sara for me....love you all.

At 9:48pm on August 22, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Wwwwwww...WOW!!!!!!!!! I am speechless!!!! My SEVENATOR!!!!
I am so happy to see you. I was thinking about you all. You
must be feeling better. I'm glad. I'm doing just fine. I've been
busy living... smile. You made my day and then some with Arrow n
his family. Where did you find those????? Look at the lil boy with the glasses!!!!! Bless his heart...LOL! These are PRICELESS!!!!
You retain your title as the MAN!!! You can find ANYTHING!!!!!
Love to you and your queen... ♥
At 1:48pm on July 17, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
My Sevenator! I have missed you. So happy to hear from you and wish you and Sararetha a happy honeymoon! You both deserve it. I love you.....Oh, and I am doing GREAT! Thanks for asking... ♥
At 10:45am on June 20, 2011, maurice f. hill sr. said…
Thanks SoleMannKing ,I'm checking out the website and love it once again love it!!!
At 7:53am on June 12, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Hey Sweet Baby...I'm okay. Just rearranging some things. Love you right back!
At 8:47pm on April 25, 2011, Barbara Ann Walls said…
Thank you Solemann I will make myself at home.
At 7:27am on April 9, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Hey Baby!!! That is so terrible that a job could do so much damage in such a short time. Get a personal injury atty. They can't be injuring folks! Hope you feel better soon.
At 4:47pm on March 31, 2011, Vee's Treasure Suite said…
Solemann you are crazy. Those teef are messed up. Thanks I needed a good laugh!
At 5:37pm on March 30, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I wasn't gone say nothin...LOL! Eagle Eyes is BACK!
At 8:59pm on March 27, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Noooo! Don't let me come down there! That is not the job for you then. Terrible!
Inhumane! I remember I had a job like that and one day after lunch all they saw was my exhaust as I drove off into the sunset. LOL! Feel better!
At 3:39am on March 21, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Where yat? They workin you too hard.
At 10:54am on March 13, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
See? My Vicky loves you too!!!! Mama Edie and Auntie Vee! ♥ LOL!
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At 6:08pm on March 7, 2011, Vee's Treasure Suite said…
Hey my guy, I was trying to put some of Gordon's photos on your site. My phone is going crazy, the doorbell is ringing and I think through all of this I messed up. What do I do to get his photos on the site?
At 10:59am on March 7, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
LOL! Lydell got tired of me beggin'... LOL!
At 1:52pm on March 6, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…

For Style And Page Content  

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(Award By Lydell Jackson)

At 7:41pm on March 4, 2011, Dr. Simon F. Quattlebaum said…
Interesting arrangement by the Ronettes!!
At 9:01pm on March 3, 2011, KnightD12 said…
I agree with you about Ronnie. She was beautiful! I had a crush on her too! lol
At 8:00am on March 3, 2011, Lydell Jackson said…
Happy Friday Sole Brother! In the words of the late great Marvin Gaye..."What's Hapnin' Brotha?"

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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 ::

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