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    The Groove Line (Special Disco Version)
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    In The Rain
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    There'll Never Be
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    Forget Me Nots
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    Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)
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    Yearning for Your Love
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    Love To Love You Baby
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    D.B. Blues (Part 1) - A Bag Full of Blues - Jimmy McGriff
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    Isaac Hayes - A few more kisses to go
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    The Best Is Yet To Come-Grover Washington Jr. feat. Patti LaBelle
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    Kenny Dorham - Blue Friday
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    Tom Jones - Right place, Wrong time
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    Wudasse Ethio Jazz Music-Ete Mate
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    grover washington jr - a secret place
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    Grover Washington Jr - East River Drive
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    Grover Washington Jr Feels So Good
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    Grover Washington Jr, Masterpiece (1973)
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    Grover Washington, Jr~ Loran's Dance
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    Grover Washington Jr. Moonstreams
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A fun-loving, drama free brother, who loves and respects all! I'm a musician and love coming online and having fun and friendly interactions with like-minded people.
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My friend, Lil' Mama invited me and of course, it was an offer "I COULD NOT REFUSE."

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You Celebrate Halloween?

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 9:22am 0 Comments

Because the "deceiver" is relentless and it appears that this evil spiritual being is quite successful at getting God's creation to deny his effect and influence upon mankind...God's sons continue to cry aloud and spare not.

Many people feel that they can legitimize the celebration and observation of this "holiday" called halloween by targeting and criticizing those who openly condemn it for what it is...a celebration of evil.

What may seem to be a logical explanation, offering… Continue

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At 2:18pm on October 31, 2022, Big Papa said…

Greetings! Hanging out for a few. Enjoying that playlist!

At 2:11am on December 23, 2016, Edie Antoinette said…

Hey Big Papa! Always a pleasure to see you. Love and Hugs to you and the family. You JAMMIN!

At 10:19pm on December 22, 2016, MR EZee said…

Hey Buddy. Its been quite sum time. Just dropping by to say hello.. Happy Holidays, Nice music on your page.

At 10:35am on December 21, 2016, Big Papa said…

Hey Ya'll!!!
I'm still loving Lil Mama's awesome and unique place to gather and enjoy ourselves. Gonna chill here for a few and enjoy my playlist. Praying for only the best for everyone. ~

At 4:50pm on December 15, 2013, Edie Antoinette said…

Nice music!

At 4:50pm on December 15, 2013, Edie Antoinette said…

Hey Big Papa!!!

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At 2:47pm on April 22, 2012, Edie Antoinette said…

FB is not the same at all. I'm in the same frame of mind as you on that one. My biggest angst comes from the many changes there. The other day I tried to upload a photo from my timeline and it flashed up---YOUR PHOTO UPLOAD AND VIDEO UPLOAD ARE DISABLED ...blah blah blah. I am not amused or interested in FB or the mixed nuts that frequent it (real friends and family excluded).

At 11:01am on April 22, 2012, Edie Antoinette said…

Hey my precious Big Papa!!!! Thanks for checking in dear. I look forward to getting back to the way we were!!!!! Remember Tony's 'Hand Cups'??? And you cracked up so hard you wrote "ROLOF" lolololololol!


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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.
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