By Victor O.
Frankie Beverly is an American singer, songwriter and producer. Known for his signature all-white, casual clothing, Beverly has achieved the most successes of his musical career working with the soul and funk band, Maze.
The singer was born Howard Beverly in December 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started honing his skills as a schoolboy, singing gospel music in a local church. His main influences were Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and Sly Stone — he took the name “Frankie” from the former band. At age 12, Beverly landed his first professional music job working on a yearlong road tour with The Silhouettes, famous for the 1958 hit single, “Get a Job.”
In his teens, Beverly formed a doo wop a capella group known as The Blenders, whose main influences were The Moonglows, The Dells, and The Del Vikings. However, he did not start recording until the group was dissolved.
After The Blenders came The Butlers, which he formed in 1963 and with whom he recorded his first batch of music. The group was forced to shift base to California because they were rather unpopular in Philadelphia. A new name, Raw Soul, was chosen for the group as well. A fortunate connection with one of Marvin Gaye’s sister in-laws provided them a link to the legendary singer, who eventually gave the group their big break by allowing them to open with their own songs on one of his tours.
At the end of the Gaye tour, Raw Soul was able to land a record deal after meeting with Larkin Arnold of Capitol Records. The group was said to have been convinced by Gaye to change its name to Maze. The new name brought with it smoother sounds, helping the group to become an urban contemporary favorite.
Maze has topped the US R&B charts with songs such as “Back in Stride” and “Can’t Get Over You.” The group’s “Can’t Stop the Love” album was released in 1985, and their “Silky Soul” album of 1989 managed to hit the summit of the US R&B chart. All eight studio albums released by Maze have been certified gold in America and have made it into the Top 10 on the US R&B charts. The hit single, “Joy and Pain,” is the group’s best known song in the UK, where their popularity was significantly boosted by DJ Greg Edwards in the 1970s and 1980s.
Beverly, whose son has also toured with Maze as a drummer, has a net worth of $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.