Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Opens Season with Maze Today

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Opens Season with Maze Today

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It's no coincidence that the name of the soul band Maze is followed by "featuring Frankie Beverly."

The Philadelphia-born singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, keyboardist and guitarist founded the group in 1970 as Raw Soul, and leads it still today.

Raw Soul had a couple of minor regional hits, but began to rise on relocation to California in 1971. Marvin Gaye took the group out on tour as an opening act. In 1976, Beverly changed the name to Maze at Gaye's urging.

Maze signed with Capitol Records in 1976, and released its debut disc "Maze featuring Frankie Beverly" in 1977. That record went gold on the strength of hit singles "Happy Feelings," "While I'm Alone" and "Lady of Magic." Studio albums "Golden Time of Day," "Inspiration" and "Joy and Pain," released in succeeding years, helped build Maze's fan base.

"Live in New Orleans" was recorded mostly at the Crescent City's Saenger Theatre in November, 1980. Three cuts from the live album hit R&B charts: "Running Away," "Before I Let Go" and "We Need Love to Live. …

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