Soul Sunday : Jerry Butler

Yes yes it’s Sunday so you know what that means, some sweet soul for the soul! This time the spotlight is on the talented Jerry Butler.

Born in poverty he found solace in Music and Church, He performed in a church choir with Curtis Mayfield. As a teenager, Butler sang in a gospel quartet called Northern Jubilee Gospel Singers, along with Mayfield. Mayfield, a guitar player, became the lone instrumentalist for the six-member Roosters group, which later became The Impressions.

After a major success with The Impressions he started a solo career that achieved equal success with a lot of top 10 singles like : “He Will Break Your Heart”, “Find Another Girl”, “I’m A-Telling You” “Only the Strong Survive,” “Moon River””Need To Belong” “Make It Easy On Yourself,” “Let It Be Me” (with Betty Everett), “Brand New Me,” “Ain’t Understanding Mellow” (with Brenda Lee Eager), “Hey, Western Union Man”, and “Never Give You Up.”

Butler released two successful albums, The Ice Man Cometh (1968) and Ice On Ice (1970). The Ice Man Cometh garnered Butler three Grammy nominations. He also got inducted in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the other original members of the Impressions (Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden, Fred Cash, and Arthur and Richard Brooks)

Here some of my favorite Jerry Butler songs:

Some Master Ace fans might recognize this one!

Pff love this tune it’s crazy mellow. Also sampled by 9th Wonder for the Little Brother “So Sincere” track on The Minstrel Show album.

Covered by the awesome blues-rock duo The Black Keys.

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