Pride of Philly: Frankie Beverly

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Frankie Beverly, born on December 6, 1946 in Philadelphia, is known for leading the legendary the soul and funk band Frankie Beverly and Maze. His first professional concert was a tour with The Silhouettes (famous for their 1958 hit single, "Get a Job”) when he was only 12 years old.

As a teenager, he formed The Blenders, a short-lived doo-wop group that were influenced by The Dells, The Moonglows, and The Del Vikings. As time passed, they caught the attention of the record producer Kenny Gamble, who eventually released recordings by the group. Adored by many because of the passion poured into their unique sound, Frankie Beverly and Maze have reigned as one of the most influential groups in R&B for nearly thirty years with hits like "Lady of Magic", "Workin' Together", "Travelin' Man", "Feel That You're Feeling", "Joy and Pain", "Look in Your Eyes", and "Southern Girl". The group is regarded as one of the greatest live acts of all time because the energy, excitement, and electricity of a Maze show leaves fans hoarse and dying for more. Musicians come and go in Philadelphia, but one thing is for certain, nobody is adored like Frankie Beverly.

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