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R & B Church by Butch Ford

R & B Church by Butch Ford Does the name Howard Beverly ring a bell?  Probably not.  Well…he’s a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer and producer from Philadelphia, PA.  He started do-wapping (harmonizing) on the tough streets with friends and composing songs in the early 60’s. Beverly later changed his name to Frankie after his favorite singer Frankie

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Soulless Music by Butch Ford

Soulless Music by Butch Ford In the early 90’s, approximately 1993, the public school system began shaving numerous programs as a part of massive budget cuts Nationwide.  The biggest impact arguably was the loss of music education in our schools.  The cuts didn’t immediately affect the music industry, but it began to rear its ugly

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“Purplesploitation” by Butch Ford

  “Purplesploitation” by Butch Ford In the 1970’s there was a term called Blaxploitation.  It described an ethnic subgenre of exploitation films made by, of and for African Americans.  But that’s a story for another day and time.  Today, I want to discuss the term “Purplesploitation.”  A term I created just this morning while trying to

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A Musical Journey by Butch Ford

  A Musical Journey by Butch Ford Let’s have a little fun with today’s topic.  So, join me on a musical journey that spans the better part of three decades. I touched down in the dead of winter during the fourth quarter of the 1960’s in Detroit, Michigan…post-riot.  Aretha was already “The Queen” around these

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