No Brakes

It’s Song Lyric Sunday again, and Jim Adams has given us the prompt Pause/Stop/Wait/Hold. I chose the song, Can’t Stop the Love by Frankie Beverly (above) & Maze. It’s been my experience that love does not come with a set of brakes. All you can do is hang on & hopefully enjoy the ride.

Lyrics

Don’t stop don’t stop that lovin’ feelin’
Don’t stop don’t stop that lovin’ feelin’

There’s music in the air love is everywhere
And if you really care you won’t let go
Time is on our side love will be our guide
We’ll be satisfied this much I know
It doesn’t matter the weather
We are in this thing together
And with you and me this love will grow

Oh you just can’t stop the love
We’ll sing a song we’ll get along
Oh no you just stop the love
We’ll see the light we’ll be alright

Don’t stop don’t stop that lovin’ feelin’
Don’t stop don’t stop that lovin’ feelin’

You will always find love will be on time
They’ll be peace of mind for you and for me
No matter what they say love will find a way
We will be ok just wait and see
Some will try to change us
They will try to rearrange us
But we’ll put it back the way it should be

Oh you just can’t stop the love
We’ll sing a song we’ll get along
Oh no you just stop the love
We’ll see the light we’ll be alright

Oh you just can’t stop the love
We’ll sing a song we’ll get along
Oh no you just stop the love
We’ll see the light we’ll be alright

The Story

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]

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 gameGrand 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.

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