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As the original Stage Manager of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, I welcome you to my Kevin Burton Tribute Page, R.I.P. (I'm still doing music).

I would like to thank Kevin Burton for allowing me to be part of his road well travelled.

I was chosen to handle Stage, Technicals and Logistics in January 1976. It's a great story that will entertain you in the link below, it will open a new window.

You can read more of My Story Here!

I was along for the ride of my life and enjoying every beautiful moment. I have had the opportunity to be in some of the most beautiful places in the Country. It was the faces of the crowds of people that heard the music and felt the band that I will never forget.

I was a witness to History (his - story). All because of a guy named Frankie, with a band called Maze.


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The Original Maze featuring Frankie Beverly Stage Manager

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"My Tribute"

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"Kevin Burton Left Us 01/06/2017 - May You R.I.P."
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I would like to thank Kevin Burton for allowing me to be part of his road well travelled.

A story from bits & pieces collected over the years by Michael Burton Sr.

In August 1975 I promoted my first major concert at the Richmond California Memorial Auditorium featuring Soul Train recording artist "The Whispers", Dorothy Morrison("Oh Happy Day"). On the same show was an up an coming band called "Raw Soul" that I had promoted in a number of shows all around Northern California in a swat van I purchased, we played from the Bay Area to the Stockton & Sacramento Area including Santa Rosa and Tomales Bay. The band was "awesome" and I found my niche.

By the way, the band featured the talents of lead vocalist Frankie Beverly. Signing a recording contract with Capitol Records and changing its name to "Maze featuring Frankie Beverly", a major success story was born.

Early in 1975 I would meet and use Kevin to open that show and to musically accompany a Magician that I would fly in (we had never seen a magician! - "Goldfinger & Dove"). All I knew about him was he could play the keyboards. We would find out later that we are related thru Texas on my Fathers side.

Some time later, I would take it to the next level. Frankie Beverly wanted to add more keyboards and I suggested Kevin. I left an Oakland rehearsal, drove to Richmond to pick Kevin up to participate. The rest is History.

Make sure you watch Kevin Burton on the Hammond B3 videos below & turn your speakers up!


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Kevin Burton gives Michael Burton Productions, LLC one of his many awards.




A narrative by Marciel Garner:

Marciel Garner says:

I started playing drums approximately in the 5th or 6th grade. Around 1968 (eight grade) I began playing drums with local bands at talent shows etc. I met a Hammond Organ B-3 keyboard player by the name of Kevin Burton. I could hear this fantastic organ playing through the vibrating windows of his house while doing my paper route that was to help buy my new drum set.

We started a jazz trio with Kevin Burton (keyboards), Bobby Sporr (guitar) and Marciel Garner on drums.

Around 1970, we would put together a funk band that we named the "2 things in 1".


Listen to Together Forever - The 2 Things in 1, about 1972.



"YOU CAN PURCHASE BELOW"

RELEASED - 10/2011

Rare funk from the East Bay scene of the early 70s – every bit as heavy and hard-hitting as grooves from Sly Stone on the other side of the water at the time! Two Things In One may not be a household name, but they groove as hard as any of the best big funk acts of the early 70s – awash in the free-thinking, open spirits of the Family Stone generation – and graced with a nice dose of spiritualism in the vocals – almost a dash of Stevie Wonder that helps deepen these tunes way more than you'd expect! Production is nice and raw – honed at Oakland's Music City studios – and the album's like finding a whole pile of funky 45s you never even knew about – with a nice diversity in grooves throughout, but a tight cohesive style overall. Titles include "Stop Telling Me", "Snag Nasty", "Silly Song", "Let's Get It Together", "Overdoes Of Your Love", "You're No Good", and "Together Forever". CD features a few more tracks than the LP!


Two Things in One


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Two Things in One 1972


We had the jazz, rhythm and blues & funk all in one band.

Management would put together a tour package with the "Pointer Sisters" that we would accompany and open for.

Our dreams were becoming a reality. The "2 Things in 1" were being blessed after all the hard work, the year was 1972. This same year we had a record on the charts regionally in Northern California named "Silly Song".

In 1973, we had 1 single on "Music City Records named "Together Forever". We played on all of the big local bay area shows opening for all the big acts like "Earth Wind & Fire", "The Ohio Players", "War", "Funkadelic", "The Sylvers", "The Isley Brothers", and "The Whispers", just to name a few. In 1975, the Band went to Los Angeles for a major label deal in principal. We released a single entitled "Aint No Need In Holding On". This was with a subsidiary label for A&M Records(Almo), and was produced by Gordon Diwitty, former Band Leader for Bobby Womack and a writer for many other major artist.

A Lifetime Later:


The Kevin Burton Trio is a Northern California based musical group. The group encompasses most all styles of music from Jazz Standards to Dance Favorites. The core group consists of :

Kevin Burton - Keyboards / Hammond Organ

Mick Vallentino - Guitars

Michael Curtis Jr. - Drums

Kevin Burton Music is available for your corporate event, private parties, weddings & festivals.

For performances requiring vocals Kevin Burton Music uses the finest in Bay-Area musicians to achieve the best entertainment value available.



  • Sargent Tucker
  • ...and Comrades: A Compilation of Urban R&B, Rock, & Jazz
  • 2006
  • Selection

  • Robin Duhe
  • Do It Duhe
  • 2004
  • Organ Soloist, Synthesizer

  • Jim Crow
  • Crow's Nest
  • 1999
  • Drum Programming, Keyboards

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"PURCHASE HERE"

"Ace Records Releases - "The Music City Story"

Rare funk from the East Bay scene of the early 70s – every bit as heavy and hard-hitting as grooves from Sly Stone on the other side of the water at the time! Two Things In One may not be a household name, but they groove as hard as any of the best big funk acts of the early 70s – awash in the free-thinking, open spirits of the Family Stone generation – and graced with a nice dose of spiritualism in the vocals – almost a dash of Stevie Wonder that helps deepen these tunes way more than you'd expect! Production is nice and raw – honed at Oakland's Music City studios – and the album's like finding a whole pile of funky 45s you never even knew about – with a nice diversity in grooves throughout, but a tight cohesive style overall. Titles include "Stop Telling Me", "Snag Nasty", "Silly Song", "Let's Get It Together", "Overdoes Of Your Love", "You're No Good", and "Together Forever". CD features a few more tracks than the LP!


Two Things in One


The Music City Story: Street Corner Doo Wop, Raw R&B and Soulful Sounds from Berkeley, California 1950-1975 (Audio CD).

There is even a 1973 recording of Kevin Burton on disk three with "The Two Things In One"(2 Things in 1), you can purchase this 3 disk set by clicking the link below.


"PURCHASE FROM AMAZON"

The Ray Dobard's Music City Story

Ray Dobard’s Music City Records of Berkeley, California, across the Bay from San Francisco, is a catalogue of mythic proportions that has 0been cherished for decades by a small hardcore of R&B, vocal group and, latterly, soul fanatics. Based on the available evidence – 50-odd 45 and 78rpm releases – and a lot of hearsay and rumour, many have spent hours fantasising about the purported riches in the possession of its famously protective, zealous owner.

Ace Records is thus proud to unlock the Music City vault for the edification and entertainment of the world at large with the 3CD set “The Music City Story”, an unprecedented survey of the label’s 25-year operation, and an excellent primer for Ace’s forthcoming genre- and artist-based compilations of Music City material, telling the story with many rare gems from the catalogue and a surfeit of previously unissued goodies.
Although Ray Dobard experimented with recording a variety of genres, the legend of Music City is predicated on its role as a premier exponent of black rhythm and blues styles, with a strong regional flavour. Most significantly, the sound of Music City was street. Much of what appeared on the label and lies in its voluminous cache of unreleased recordings can be said to reflect the evolution of black popular music between the early 50s and the mid-1970s. It reflects reality: this is what was heard in clubs and juke joints, at high school auditoria and rec centres, rent parties or literally out on the sidewalk, with all the dissonance and unoriginality that might imply, but matched equally by huge, invigorating dollops of innocence and exuberance, and a surprising amount of inspiration.

Amongst the set’s 78 tracks are names familiar to doo wop and blues collectors – the Crescendos, Gaylarks, Rovers, 5 Lyrics, Alvin Smith etc – while behind several others lurk famous names (James Brown, Lou Rawls) or others soon to be famous (Sugar Pie DeSanto, members of Sly & the Family Stone). From the raucous jump blues of Del Graham’s ‘Your Money Ain’t Long Enough’ to the hip street soul of Darondo, the breadth of genres represented is extensive, but the overall emphasis in “The Music City Story” is upon the black vocal group, be it 50s, 60s or 70s vintage. It is the rich seam of Bay Area groups mined by Music City that collectors most closely associate with the label. Dobard had only a couple of minor hits – the 4 Deuces’ popular ‘W-P-L-J’, Johnny Heartsman’s raucous ‘Johnny’s House Party’ – but kept the tape machine running pretty much constantly for much of his quarter-century in the business.

It has been many years since as significant a stash as Music City’s has come to light, and accompanying the tantalising musical treats is an extensive, heavily-illustrated sleeve note detailing the label’s history. Given that the late Dobard was notorious evasive, an air of mystery has always surrounded his activities in music, but this is the first time a recounting of the Music City saga has been based upon hard data, rather than supposition. Documents, letters, tape box annotations, discographical notes, session chatter, even recorded phone conversations form a considerable body of evidence, that helps bring into focus what this fiercely independent and pioneering black entrepreneur achieved. Ray was no Dootsie Williams or Jake Porter, but nevertheless, a picture emerges of a fascinatingly complex figure, whose role in the black music scene in the mid-20th century cannot be discounted. As venerable East Bay bandleader Johnny Talbot puts it, “to me, Ray Dobard was the foundation of Bay Area music. There was hardly anyone who did anything later who didn’t bump into Ray, so he had to be a foundation.”

Re-written with permission from - Alec Palao


For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area "FB" Family that remember Ray Dobards Music City Record Shop on Alcatraz in Berkeley you will want to listen to this.

"I'll invite any old school music lover".

The Music City Story: Street Corner Doo Wop, Raw R&B and Soulful Sounds from Berkeley, California 1950-1975,
"The Music City Story" on Ace Records ABOXCD 11 is a 3CD mini box set that I highly recommend.
You just might remember some of the music.



Make sure you watch Kevin Burton on the Hammond B3 videos below & turn your speakers up.







View Kevin's Blog that we created years ago:

"A New Window Will Open".


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