The Singles

The Singles

by Jerry ButlerJerry Butler


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Jerry Butler's voice was the perfect pop medium, gracefully soulful and smooth as ice, leading to his signature nickname, "the Ice Man." Simply put, Butler could sing last week's grocery list and make it work. Born in Mississippi, his family was part of the migration north to Chicago, where as a child he began singing in church, which is where he met Curtis Mayfield, and together they joined a vocal group, the Roosters. By 1957 the quintet had changed its name to Jerry Butler & the Impressions, and a year later had a big hit with a song Butler had penned, "For Your Precious Love." Butler then left for a solo career, which really began to sail when he signed with Chicago's Vee-Jay Records in 1960. He remained with the label until its demise in bankruptcy in 1966, turning out a steady stream of impressive singles, most of which hit the charts, including "He Will Break Your Heart," which hit number one the year he signed with Vee-Jay. This two-disc, 56-track set brings together, for the first time in the digital age, both the A- and B-sides of all of Butler's singles for the label, detailing an impressive pop-soul catalog that also shows Butler's impeccable talent for finding good young songwriters, with early songs from Mayfield, Van McCoy, Randy Newman, and others all featured here. Rounding things out on a fine note, several bonus tracks featuring duets with Betty Everett are also here, making this set a true box of treasures.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2013
Label: Charly Records Uk
UPC: 0803415766826
catalogNumber: 1576682

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Butler   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Betty Everett   Duet
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Ted Daryll   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Pierre Delanoë   Composer
Bob Fisher   Reissue Producer,Annotation
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
B. Strong   Composer
Jean Luc Young   Reissue Executive Producer
Joe VerScharen   Composer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Vin Corso   Composer
B. Feldman   Composer
Calabria   Composer
W. Lester   Composer
J. Dwight   Composer
J. Vogel   Composer
R. Newman   Composer
W. Butler   Composer
E. Cooley   Composer
J. Beaumont   Composer
P. Griffin   Composer
A. Tucker   Composer
O. Jones   Composer
S. Thompson   Composer
M. Curtis   Composer
M. Baker   Composer
F. Waxman   Composer
E. Washington   Composer
J. Goldstein   Composer
J. Davenport   Composer
J. Thornton   Composer
T. Randazzo   Composer
James John Turner Phillips   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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