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Monday, July 14, 2008

Jerry Butler Discography

Jerry Butler (born Jerry Butler Jr., December 8, 1939, Sunflower, Mississippi) is an American soul singer and songwriter also known as "The Ice Man" because of his cool demeanour while singing often intensely emotional lyrics. He is also noted as being the original lead singer of the legendary R&B vocal group, The Impressions, as well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

The mid-1950s had a profound impact on Butler’s life. He grew up poor, having lived in Chicago’s rough Cabrini Green housing complex. Music and the church provided solace from a city that was as segregated as those in the Deep South. 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. Inspired by music icons Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, and the Pilgrim Travelers, getting into the music industry seemed inevitable.

Butler's younger brother, Billy Butler, also had a career in the music industry.

At age 18, Butler wrote the song "For Your Precious Love" and wanted to record a disc. Looking for recording studios, The Impressions auditioned for Chess Records and VeeJay Records. The group eventually signed with Vee-Jay, where they released "For Your Precious Love" in 1958, which became The Impressions' first hit and gold record. Due to conflicts between the group and Vee-Jay, which wanted to bill the group as "Jerry Butler and The Impressions," which neither Butler nor the other group members wanted, he left the group shortly thereafter.

Butler was dubbed the "Iceman" by WDAS Philadelphia disc jockey, Georgie Woods, while performing in a Philadelphia theater. When the sound system went out, Butler continued singing.

He co-wrote, with Otis Redding, the song "I've Been Loving You Too Long" in 1965. Butler’s solo career had a string of hits, including the Top 10 successes "He Will Break Your Heart", "Find Another Girl", "I'm A-Telling You" (all written by fellow Impression Curtis Mayfield and featuring Mayfield as harmony vocal), "Only the Strong Survive," "Moon River," "Need To Belong" (recorded with the Impressions after he went solo), "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 Gonna Give You Up." Butler released two successful albums, The Ice Man Cometh (1968) and Ice On Ice (1970). The Iceman Cometh garnered Butler three Grammy nominations. He collaborated on many of his successful recordings with the Philadelphia-based songwriting team, Gamble and Huff.

Tony Orlando and Dawn revived "He Will Break Your Heart" in 1975, with a new title, "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)," and it was even more successful than Butler's original, going to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

Butler continues to perform while serving as a Cook County Board Commissioner since the 1980s. In recent years, he has served as host of PBS TV music specials, such as Doo Wop 50 and 51, Rock Rhythm and Doo Wop, and Soul Spectacular: 40 years of R&B, among others. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 1991, Butler was inducted, along with the other original members of the Impressions, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden, Fred Cash, and Arthur and Richard Brooks, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He currently resides in Chicago with his wife Annette. He has two sons, Randy and Tony, and a grandson.



  • "The Sweetest Soul" - The Vee Jay Hits 1960-1966 And More...


- includes Jerry singing two Coca-Cola commercials


Anonymous said...

Love the Iceman, thanks

the rapper said...

Oh yes!! More Ice please!!

zand said...

I'm back! :)

1972 - Melinda (Original Soundtrack)

Anonymous said...

here you can find one more:


Anonymous said...

and another one:

Anonymous said...

thanks anonymous

J Thyme...kind said...

I can not remember the name of the hit by him, but it was from 1970/71 era & had "Room" in the title. Do you know which album it's from?

Simon666 said...

Filling some time, searched out some blog links.

Added :


Moon River (Vee Jay 1962)

with Betty Everett:
Delicious Together (Vee Jay 1964)

Introducing The Ice Man Band (Mercury 1972)

with Brenda Lee Eager:
The Love We Have, The Love We Had (Mercury 1973)

with Thelma Houston:
Thelma And Jerry (Motown 1977)

with Thelma Houston:
Two To One (Motown 1978)

Ice 'N Hot (Fountain 1982)


"The Sweetest Soul" - The Vee Jay Hits 1960-1966 And More


V/A - "Things go better with Coke"
- includes Jerry singing two Coca-Cola commercials

Anonymous said...

thanks Simon

zand said...

The Soul Goes On (Mercury 1968)

Simon666 said...

Thanks a lot Zand, linked up now

Anonymous said...

whats the pass on this on:
Jerry Butler - 1977 - Suite For The Single Girl

manny said...

thanks for posting all these

Anonymous said...

Great blog..I've already told a former co-worker in the music field about this site and he loves it.

Anyway, what's the password on the Jerry Butler Single Girl file?

Sed deSaber said...

outstanding! this is blog is great. if you're interested i have quite a bit of johnny bristol's discography. send me an email if you'd like it to add to your site.

Unknown said...

Can someone up
The Ice Mans Band - Introducing??

for some reason i can#t reach the blog on where the link is

(sorry for band english)

Simon666 said...

Hi Dimi - that blog was offline for a week or so, but seems to be back now.

Anonymous said...


Here's a missing link:

Jerry Butler - It All Comes Out In My Song (1978)

and the credit goes to this blog (where you'll find the password needed - at the top of the page):

Chris from Stockholm

Simon666 said...

Thanks Chris - I've linked direct to the blogpage.

Simon666 said...

re-linked : "Introducing the ICe man Band"

Mark said...

Thanks for these Ice Man albums. I think the link to 'Jerry Butler - Sings Assorted Sounds' is here:
Also do you have the password to the 'Suite for a single girl' mediafire link, as the other link is missing the title track.

Simon666 said...

Thanks for that link Mark.

Re the Mediafire link fir "Suite for a single girl", I'm not sure who contributed that one ? Self-Science ?
I just did a deep search for the album but can only find references to the Mediafire link (but not a source), so for the moment I've taken that link out altogether until someone can help ...

Mark said...

Sorry forgot to add the 'Sings assorted sounds' link needs a password, which can be found here:

Simon666 said...

Thanks Mark,
I've switched the link to the blog.

Just for the record for everyone - when an album comes from a blog or forum we prefer to the link to the blog page, so people can thank the person who uploaded - the strategy is that if people get comments, they keep uploading mmore :)

Anonymous said...

i need a re-up on that "sweetest soul" compilation...anyone help me?

Simon666 said...

Never grabbed that one, and can't find a link anywhere else ... perhaps someone else here got it before ?

Simon666 said...

new FLAC link for 'Jerry Butler Sings Assorted Sounds By Assorted Friends And Relatives' :

Anonymous said...

Olá Amigo Boa Tarde! Preciso Da Senha Para O Álbum "Jerry+Butler+-+1977+-+Suite+For+The+Single+Girl"...Jerry Butler - 1977 Suite For The Single Girl. Como Ou Aonde Consigo A Senha?. [hello my friend, good afternoon. I am needing the password album. How Or The one where I Get the Password?]I wait that helps it was worth me! Thank You. 'Guilherme_NATAL/RN-BRASIL'

Anonymous said...

Hi friends
please what is the pass for
Jerry Butler - 1977 - Suite For The Single Girl on Mediafire???
Than you very much for sharing
this fantastic music....

Frankie70 said...

Please which is the password for Jerry Butler "SUite for the single girl" ? Thank you very much

MrJag said...

can u reup the links please?

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