Award-winning musician, producer, and songwriter Jerry “The Iceman” Butler was born in Sunflower, Mississippi on December 8, 1939. Butler has had various hit tunes that have gone platinum throughout his career. Below we Relive 7 Classic Hits From Jerry Butler:
He Will Break Your Heart
The song was a top-ten hit penned by Jerry Butler, in 1960. He released it as a single in 1960, and it peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 7 and on the Cash Box Top 100 at No. 3.
Hey, Western Union Man
A 1968 soul single penned by Butler along with Kenny Gamble, and Leon Huff. The song easily became Butler’s second number one R&B hit on the Billboard chart.
Only the Strong Survive
Another hit penned by Jerry Butler, Kenny Gamble, and Leon Huff was recorded and released in 1968 on the album The Ice Man Cometh. The most successful single Butler ever released in his career reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was No. 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Black Singles Chart.
Ain’t Understanding Mellow
Originally penned by Homer Talbert and Herscholt Polk which was recorded by Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager in 1971. Butler featured the song on his album The Sagittarius Movement as a single peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. R&B chart and No. 21 on the U.S. pop chart in 1972.
Written by Johnny Mercer and originally recorded by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Butler recorded in late 1961 and was instantly became his hit single reaching No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
A Brand New Me
Originally performed by Dusty Springfield and penned by Jerry Butler. The song peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard top 100 charts in 1969.
Never Give You Up
Released as a single in 1968 that reached No. 20 in the Billboard chart. Butler co-wrote the song with the group Gamble & Huff.