Jerry Butler
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “The Ice-Man”

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 1957, a group was formed called Jerry Butler & the Impressions. Butler scored his first hit with the Impressions in 1958 with the Timeless ballad "For Your Precious Love."  That same year Butler and the Impressions split, and Butler began his solo career. 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, which 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").  In the spring of 1971, Butler hit the Top Ten again with the number-eight single "If It's Real What I Feel”

He later became involved in Chicago politics, and, is now a Chicago alderman, but, 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.



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