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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?"
At 5:26pm on February 22, 2011, Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard said…
Did I say thank you,well if so let me say it twice
At 2:57pm on February 22, 2011, Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard said…
What a releif
At 12:21pm on February 22, 2011, Lydell Jackson said…
What's up my brother! Sorry I missed you yesterday! My brain is so fried sometimes I don't focus too well. lol
At 11:58am on February 22, 2011, Tammy said…
hey sole nice song again i like coming here have to update my son pic he growing up he is now 2 year old and a hand full have a blessed day
At 11:19pm on February 21, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
LOL...Well forget it then Sole. You know you crack my side!!!!
At 6:51pm on February 20, 2011, Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard said…
New to your site and I really can not tell if someone is talking to me or if I am intruding but my hope is to say Peace and Love to You One and All
At 6:48pm on February 20, 2011, Maestro Emmanuel Dwain Howard said…
No Doubt
At 5:15pm on February 20, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
Sole, I had to come take that mess I wrote down. It was too stoopid...LOL!!!!!
I wouldn't want you talking about MY man Monk like I repent in sackcloth and ashes...LOL! Good job Suggah.
At 9:51pm on February 19, 2011, Bert said…
Hey Sole, what's up, Thought I would pop back in to see if you have been behaving yourself LOL !!!!!!!!
At 6:22pm on February 19, 2011, Calihoney said…
♥Hey there Cousin Sole!!!
At 10:26am on February 19, 2011, Tammy said…
hey Sole long time no seek how have you been i see you still keeping it going sitting here listening to children of the night by stylistic i hope you dont mind love me some stylistics lol take care now,
At 2:45pm on February 12, 2011, Dr. Simon F. Quattlebaum said…
My brother!! How's it going?
At 2:09pm on February 12, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
My pleasure! And don't forget you can always make a new page here or several new pages to accomodate a brand new 100 song playlist. I do it all the time just for the playlist...LOL! as any mad scientist would do. LOL! About 60 of the members here are all ME...LOL!
At 1:21pm on February 12, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…

Hey SoleBaby7! Delete everything in the code at the bottom after </object>. You will see a <br> then all the rest should go.


At 11:01am on February 11, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
I LOVE your changes! Beautanimously Creative! Stunning! I'm glad Sara is improving but sad that my SoleBaby is coming down with something. :( It's always something isn't it? Trust me---you are not alone! Listen to Billy crooning. He has a gift for sure.
Now....WHAT happened to Taddy Gordy??? LOL!
At 10:29am on February 11, 2011, Victoria Lynn said…
Like wise yourself. Your page is looking great!
At 7:22pm on February 10, 2011, Edie Antoinette said…
You need to quit! LOLOLOL!!!!!!
At 4:57pm on February 10, 2011, Ricky Le Blanc said…
What's up My Brother SoleMann!
At 11:04am on February 10, 2011, Victoria Lynn said…
Adios My Desert Love is Precious!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

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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.
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