Saturday, December 08, 2007


Today 1939 Jerry Butler celebrates his birthday

Today is Jerry Butler's birthday. One of his biographies can be found at Wikipedia.

Jerry Butler's career spans four decades; he recorded more than 50 albums and his voice is one of the most distinguished voices in all of music. As soulful as ever, yet smooth as ice, his nickname "The Ice Man" epitomizes his demeanor — and sound. In spite of his status as a true music icon, he remains humble. Butler moved from Sunflower, MS, to Chicago, IL, at the age of three during the mass migration of blacks from the South to the North. (He grew up in an area which is now known as the Cabrini-Green Housing Projects.)

Jerry Butler acquired his initial music lessons as a young boy while a member of the church choir in Chicago. Curtis Mayfield, who was three years younger, was also a member of the same choir. The two befriended each other and began a collaboration that would have an everlasting impact on music. The twosome joined up with brothers Arthur and Richard Brooks and Sam Gooden to form the R&B group the Roosters. In fact, the Brooks brothers, Gooden, and a female had migrated to Chicago from Tennessee, and were called the Roosters & a Chick. But when Butler and Mayfield joined them, the group became simply the Roosters. In 1957, the quintet's name was changed to Jerry Butler & the Impressions. Butler scored his first hit with the Impressions in 1958 with the timeless ballad "For Your Precious Love." (He'd written the lyrics to the song when he was just 16.)

A recent 2007_sep Jerry Butler live recording of 'His precious love' !

That same year Butler and the Impressions cordially split, and Butler began his solo career. He released his first single, "Lost," on the Abner label. It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard R&B charts. Jumping over to Vee-Jay in late 1960 where his career blossomed, Butler had his first hit as a solo artist with "He Will Break Your Heart." The single popped to the top of the charts at number one and stayed there for seven consecutive weeks. In 1961, Butler bounced back with two Top Ten singles: "Find Another Girl" and "I'm a Telling You." In 1967, he signed with Mercury and teamed up with the production duo of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. His work with these two master producers and songwriters resulted in some classic recordings, including the outstanding album The Ice Man Cometh. The album featured one superb track after another, including two number-one singles ("Hey, Western Union Man," "Only the Strong Survive") and two Top Ten singles ("Never Give You Up," "Are You Happy"). Always known for being a crooner, "Hey, Western Union Man" revealed to many that Butler was more than capable of singing up-tempo songs.

Never one to categorize singers because he believes that a singer is a singer — not based on genre, but on a person's mere ability to sing — Butler himself covered several styles of music during his lengthy music career. He had many highs in his career; ranging from sharing the spotlight with such greats as Aretha Franklin to being the chairman of the board for the Rhythm and Blues Foundation (a non-profit organization). Butler also became a force in another field: politics. In the mid-'80s, he was a significant campaign supporter of Chicago's first black mayor Harold Washington. A short time later, Butler himself became the Cook County (IL) Commissioner and by the late '90s he was a Chicago City Alderman. When the great Jerry Butler is not lobbying for his constituents, he can be found on-stage giving one of his spine-chilling performances with Ice Man-cool delivery.

Butler, Jerry & Impressions - For your precious love 1958
01-For Your Precious Love
02-Young Lover
03-Let Me Know
04-Don't Drive Me Away
05-Senorita I Love You
06-A New Love
07-That You Love Me
08-The Gift Of Love
09-Believe In Me
11-At The County Fair
10-Lovers Lane
12-A Long Time Ago

Because the title song is sooooo great I added these as a special bonus :
13-Elgins - For Your Precious Love
13-Enchanters ft Garnett Mimms - For Your Precious Love
13-Gaye, Mavin & Tammi Terrell - For Your Precious Love
13-Oscar Toney Jr - For Your Precious Love
13-Redding, Otis - For Your Precious Love
13-Sharp, Dee Dee - For Your Precious Love
13-Vincent, Gene - For Your Precious Love (live)

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Thanks for share this information, i just know about that,and will get advantage from this,Thanks for share this.

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Thanks for sharing this video.
Thanks! I love the Otis version also..
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