Tag Archives: Jerry Butler

SHAOLIN SOUL: EPISODE 4.

Shaolin Soul: Episode 4. Label: Because Music France.  Twenty years ago in 1998, the first instalment in the Shaolin Soul compilation series was released to  widespread critical acclaim. Shaolin Soul: Episode 1 was an all-star compilation that featured nineteen funky and soulful tracks from labels like Atlantic, Hi, Motown and Stax that had inspired many hip hop producers.  So did …

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NOTHING BUT A HOUSE PARTY: THE BIRTH OF THE PHILLY SOUND 1967-71.

Nothing But A House Party: The Birth Of The Philly Sound 1967-71. Kent Soul. During the seventies, Philadelphia rose to become America’s soul capital. This began in 1971, when Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff founded Philadelphia International Records, which became home to some of the finest purveyors of the Philly Sound, including Harold Melvin and …

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SOME KINDA MAGIC-THE SONGS OF JERRY ROSS.

SOME KINDA MAGIC-THE SONGS OF JERRY ROSS. Growing up in Philadelphia, Jerry Ross dreamt of becoming a trumpeter and singer. While this dreams never came quite true, Jerry went on to live the dream musically. Jerry Ross became a hugely successful songwriter and producer. He also worked in A&R and owned his own record companies. Jerry …

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JERRY BUTLER-LOVE’S ON THE MENU AND SUITE FOR THE SINGLE GIRL.

JERRY BUTLER-LOVE’S ON THE MENU AND SUITE FOR THE SINGLE GIRL. In 1975, Jerry Butler’s contract with Mercury Records was about to expire. He’d spent nine years at Mercury, ever since the demise of Vee-Jay Records. Since then, Jerry’s career had been in the ascendancy. Jerry had established a reputation as one of best, most …

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JERRY BUTLER-NOTHING SAYS I LOVE YOU LIKE I DO.

JERRY BUTLER-NOTHING SAYS I LOVE YOU LIKE I DO. When Jerry Butler signed to Philadelphia International Records in 1978, it was a homecoming of sorts. Seven years previously, in 1971, Gamble and Huff and Jerry Butler ended what had been a fruitful working relationship. Now seven years later, the three men were older and wiser. …

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JERRY BUTLER-THE BEST LOVE.

JERRY BUTLER-THE BEST LOVE. Jerry Butler’s role in the Philadelphia International Records story was more than just a singer. Over the years, he wrote songs a number of songs either with Gamble and Huff, or on his own and worked as a producer for the label. This he did during the two periods he was …

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JERRY BUTLER-NOTHING SAYS I LOVE YOU LIKE I LOVE YOU.

JERRY BUTLER-NOTHING SAYS I LOVE YOU LIKE I LOVE YOU. Unlike many people, I disregard who successful an album was when I buy it. Experience has taught me that a successful album is no guarantee of a good album. Conversely, an album that wan’t a success, doesn’t mean that it’s a bad album. Sometimes, it’s …

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