Jerry Butler
The Singles

The Singles

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With a career spanning more than four decades, singer/songwriter Jerry Butler rightly deserves his place in the pantheon of Chicago greats.  Blessed with one of Soul music’s most distinguished voices, The Iceman has earned the admiration of peers and fans alike thanks to his smooth delivery and suave demeanour.  For the first time on one deluxe 2CD set, this hit-laden 56-track package gathers together all of Butler’s Vee-Jay solo singles and reveals not only a consummate artist, but one with a superb instinct for spotting and nurturing great songwriting talent.

Born in Sunflower, MS, Butler relocated to Chicago as a child and began singing in church alongside friend and future collaborator Curtis Mayfield.  As teenagers the pair joined brothers Arthur and Richard Brooks and their friend Sam Gooden to form The Roosters vocal group.  Changing their name to The Impressions they registered their first hit in 1958 with Butler’s self-penned ‘For Your Precious Love’ on the Vee-Jay affiliate Abner, and shortly thereafter Butler left to pursue a solo career.

Butler's career flourished at Vee-Jay where he enjoyed ten US R&B Top 30 chart placings (including the No.1 ‘He Will Break Your Heart’) and sixteen US Hot 100 hits, among them stunning duets with labelmate Betty Everett (‘Let It Be Me’, ‘Smile’) - all of which are included here.  Adept at both ballads and up tempo numbers, Butler was the first to record ‘Moon River’ and had the pick of material by then up-and-coming writers such as Mayfield, Randy Newman and Van McCoy.

Complete with a fully annotated, richly illustrated booklet, The Singles comprises all of Jerry Butler’s commercially released Vee-Jay 45rpms 1959-66 A and B-sides, plus bonus tracks on which he duets with Betty Everett.

Disc One
1. Lost
2. One By One
3. Rainbow Valley
4. Hold Me, Oh My Darling
5. I Was Wrong
6. Couldn’t Go To Sleep
7. A Lonely Soldier
8. I Found A Love
9. He Will Break Your Heart
10. Thanks To You
11. Silent Night
12. O, Holy Night (Cantique De Noël)
13. Find Another Girl
14. When Trouble Calls
15. I’m A-Telling You
16. I See A Fool
17. Moon River
18. Aware Of Love
19. Isle Of Sirens
20. Chi Town
21. Make It Easy On Yourself
22. It’s Too Late
23. You Can Run (But You Can’t Hide)
24. I’m The One Who Loves You
25. The Wishing Star (Theme from the film Taras Bulba)
26. You Go Right Through Me
27. You Won’t Be Sorry
28. Whatever You Want
     
Disc Two     

1. Strawberries
2. (When I Lost My Baby) I Almost Lost My Mind
3. Where’s The Girl?
4. How Beautifully You Lie
5. Just A Little Bit
6. Woman With Soul
7. Need To Belong
8. Give Me Your Love
9. Giving Up On Love
10. I’ve Been Trying
11. I Stand Accused
12. I Don’t Want To Hear It Anymore
13. Let It Be Me *
14. Ain’t That Loving You, Baby? *
15. Smile **
16. Love Is Strange *
17. Good Times
18. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
19. Since I Don’t Have You *
20. Just Be True *
21. Fever *
22. The Way You Do The Things You Do *
23. I Can’t Stand To See You Cry
24. Nobody Needs Your Love (More Than I Do)
25. Just for You
26. Believe In Me
27. Give It Up
28. For Your Precious Love

* duet with Betty Everett, originally released on Vee-Jay VJS-1099 Delicious Together except ** originally released on Vee-Jay VJS-1119 More Of The Best Of Jerry Butler

Release date: 28 October 2013

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