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Maze Band

Maze
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul, funk
1970-present
LabelsCapitol, Warner Bros.
MembersFrankie Beverly
Roame Lowry
Carl Wheeler
Larry Kimpel
a.k.a. Bear Williams
Vance Taylor
Jubu Smith
Calvin Napper
McKinley "Bug" Williams (deceased)
Sam Porter (deceased)
Robin Duhe
Wuane Thomas
Joe Provost
Ahaguna Sun
Ron Smith
Billy Johnson
Philip Woo
Wayne "Ziggy" Lindsay
Vernon "Ice" Black
William Bryant
George Murrille
Michael White
Anthony Beverly
Chris Johnson
Road Manager: Calvin "VJ" Jones
Stage Manager: Michael Burton
Light Director: Michael Lowry

Maze, also known as Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and Frankie Beverly & Maze, is an American soul band founded by Frankie Beverly in Philadelphia in 1970. Under its original name Raw Soul, the band relocated to San Francisco and was introduced to Marvin Gaye. Gaye took the group on the road with him as one of his opening acts, and in 1976, he suggested that they change their name from Raw Soul. Maze released 9 Gold albums from 1977 to 1993.[1] Their well-known songs include "Happy Feelin's", "While I'm Alone", "Golden Time Of Day", "Southern Girl", "The Look in Your Eyes", "Joy and Pain", "Before I Let Go", "We Are One", "Back in Stride", "Can't Get Over You" and "The Morning After". The band has maintained a large and devoted following.

Career

Frankie Beverly started the band as Raw Soul in 1970.[2] They recorded a couple of singles on the small Gregar label, but without any major hits. With a few personnel changes, a relocation from Philadelphia to the San Francisco Bay Area in California in 1971, and an introduction to Marvin Gaye, the band became an immediate success.[2] Gaye took the band on the road with him as one of his opening acts, and in 1976, he suggested that they change their name from Raw Soul to Maze.[2]

Maze signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1976, and released their debut album, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, in 1977.[2] From that album, the hit singles included "Happy Feelin's", "While I'm Alone", and "Lady of Magic", ultimately giving them their first gold record and earning Maze a devoted following. They also had success with the albums Golden Time of Day (1978), Inspiration (1979) and Joy and Pain (1980). The group has stated that their hit single "Southern Girl" was dedicated to all the southern women from Virginia to Texas.[3]

Their next recording was Live in New Orleans, three quarters of which was recorded at the Saenger Theatre, on November 14-15, 1980. Three of those songs got into the US R&B chart, including "Running Away", "Before I Let Go", and "We Need Love To Live". By that time, the band had a reputation in America and enjoyed a following in the United Kingdom with promotional support from the British DJ Robbie Vincent. In May 1985, Maze sold out eight nights at the Hammersmith Odeon.[4]

The band released their next album, Can't Stop the Love in March 1985,[2] which featured the group's first number one R&B hit "Back In Stride." The Top 5 follow-up, "Too Many Games" was also featured on this album. The latter single also became the band's biggest hit in the UK, where it peaked at number 36 on the UK Singles Chart.

In 1989, they signed with Warner Bros. and released the hit album Silky Soul, plus Back to Basics in 1993,[2] and released the live DVD recording at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1994. The two albums also attained gold disc status. They had another number one R&B success with "Can't Get Over You".

In October 2004, "Twilight" appeared in the video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on funk radio station, Bounce FM.

In 2009, a tribute to the hits of Maze was released. Called Silky Soul Music: An All Star Tribute to Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, it included modern stars performing Maze's biggest hits with Maze acting as the backing band.[5]

In recent years, it has become tradition for the audience to honor the group by dressing in all white attire, as the group has often worn while performing.

On September 2, 2011, their percussionist and background singer, McKinley "Bug" Williams, died of an apparent heart attack.

Maze continues to tour around the United States as well as Europe to this day.

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
CAN
[7]
UK
[8]
1977 Maze featuring Frankie Beverly 52 6 -- -- Capitol
1978 Golden Time of Day 27 9 83 --
1979 Inspiration 33 5 54 --
1980 Joy and Pain 31 5 -- --
1983 We Are One 25 5 -- 38
1985 Can't Stop the Love 45 1 -- 41
1989 Silky Soul 37 1 -- 43 Warner Bros.
1993 Back to Basics 37 3 -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
UK
[8]
1981 Live in New Orleans 34 3 -- Capitol
1986 Live in Los Angeles 92 12 70
"--" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums

Year Album Peaks Certifications Record label
US
R&B

[6]
1988 Southern Girl -- Capitol
1989 The Greatest Hits of Maze...Lifelines, Vol. 1 57
1996 Anthology 57 The Right Stuff
1998 Greatest Slow Jams --
2002 Classic Masters -- Capitol
2004 Greatest Hits 79 The Right Stuff
2011 Greatest Hits -- Capitol
"--" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
NL
[9]
UK
[8]
1977 "While I'm Alone" 89 21 -- -- Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
"Lady of Magic" 108 13 -- --
1978 "Workin' Together" -- 9 -- -- Golden Time of Day
"Golden Time of Day" (A-side) -- 39 -- --
"Travelin' Man" (B-side) -- -- --
"I Wish You Well" -- 61 -- --
1979 "Feel That You're Feelin'" 67 7 -- -- Inspiration
"Timin'" -- 55 -- --
1980 "Southern Girl" -- 9 -- -- Joy and Pain
"The Look in Your Eyes" -- 29 -- --
"Joy and Pain" -- -- -- --
1981 "Running Away" -- 7 -- -- Live in New Orleans
"Before I Let Go" -- 13 -- --
1982 "We Need Love to Live" -- 29 -- --
1983 "Love Is the Key" 80 5 -- 88 We Are One
"Never Let You Down" -- 26 -- --
"We Are One" -- 47 -- 86
"I Wanna Thank You" -- 59 -- --
1985 "Back in Stride" 88 1 -- 79 Can't Stop the Love
"Too Many Games" 103 5 -- 36
"I Want to Feel I'm Wanted" -- 28 -- --
1986 "I Wanna Be with You" -- 12 -- 55 Live in Los Angeles
"When You Love Someone" -- 38 -- --
1989 "Joy and Pain" (re-release) -- -- -- 57 Joy and Pain
"Can't Get Over You" -- 1 -- 89 Silky Soul
"Silky Soul" -- 4 76 --
1990 "Love's on the Run" -- 13 -- --
"Songs of Love" -- 37 -- --
1993 "Laid Back Girl" -- 15 -- -- Back to Basics
"The Morning After" 115 19 -- --
1994 "What Goes Up" -- 32 -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Videos

  • Live in New Orleans (1981)
  • Live in Los Angeles (1986)
  • Live in London (1994)

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "American certifications - Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly". Recording Industry Association of America.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 813. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  3. ^ "Maze featuring Frankie Beverly | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 404. CN 5585.
  5. ^ "Maze featuring Frankie Beverly | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "US Charts > Maze featuring Frankie Beverly". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "CAN Charts > Maze featuring Frankie Beverly". RPM. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Maze featuring Frankie Beverly". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "NL Charts > Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 2020.

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