Washington Post Staff Writer
Back then, “the mothers” handled the band’s business affairs. Annie Mack Thomas, Footz’s mother, was the band’s manager. Margarine Neal, Funky Ned’s mom, served as the secretary. Mattie Lee Mack, Thomas’s mother, served as treasurer. The band incorporated, trademarked their name and logo and formed a music publishing company.
“They protected us,” Johnson said. “As the business started to evolve more, I became interested in that as well.”