Frankie Beverly, Maze on Walk of Fame

June 18, 2008 6:23:52 PM PDT
A tradition continues this week when a new inductee takes his place on Philadelphia's Walk of Fame.Music mogul Kenny Gamble has a plaque on the Philadelphia Walk of Fame alongside Philadelphia Musical stars like Darryl Hall, John Oates and Patti Labelle.

This week, a plaque will be added for Philadelphia grown Frankie Beverly and Maze who've been making music for 30 years.

"This group has been together since high school. They've had countless gold albums and platinum albums and it's time for Philadelphia to give tribute to one of their greatest artists in the whole world," Kenny Gamble of Philadelphia International Records said.

Maze formed at Germantown High School, first as the Blenders, the Butlers, then Raw Soul and, finally, they hit big in the mid-70s as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with their first album.

Jerry Beverly tells Action News his little brother Frankie has been singing since childhood, crooning for quarters when in elementary, then Wagner Jr. High. Jerry says his brother, born Howard Beverly, got his name by sounding like his idol, late soul singer, Frankie Lymon.

Some of Beverly's gold albums hang in his brother's West Oak Lane home. Jerry says the plaque on Philadelphia's Walk of Fame is a welcome acknowledgement from home of an international star.

"It's just something about him. Even mystifies him, that he's been out her a long time and how people appreciate him," Jerry Beverly, Frankie Beverly's brother, said.

There are already 107 plaques featuring Philadelphia rooted starts and musical contributors along this walk of fame. On Friday, Frankie Beverly and members of Maze will be along South Broad Street as their plaque is added to the walk.