Jerry Butler

Genres: Disco Documentaries Drama Movies Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul rhythm and blues northern soul oldies 60s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Jerry Butler & Betty Everett
Links online: Biography Wikipedia


8 December 1939, Sunflower, Mississippi, USA. Jerry, older brother of Billy Butler, moved to Chicago as a child and was later part of the city’s burgeoning gospel circuit. He subsequently joined several secular groups, including the Roosters, an aspiring trio of Sam Gooden and Richard and Arthur Brooks. Butler then suggested they add his friend, Curtis Mayfield, on guitar. Now called the Impressions, the quintet secured a Top 3 US R&B hit with the haunting ‘For Your Precious Love’ (1958). However, the label credit, ‘Jerry Butler And The Impressions’, caused friction within the group. A second single, ‘Come Back My Love’, was less successful and Butler left for a solo career. His early releases were minor hits until ‘He Will Break Your Heart’ reached number 1 in the US R&B and number 7 in the pop charts in 1960. The song was written by Mayfield, who also added guitar and sang backing vocals. Their differences...

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