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Soul Sunday: The Iceman Cometh ... Jerry Butler

Posted on May 17, 2020 at 11:15 AM

Good day Ginchers,

It's another Soul Sunday and as I prepare for my weekly radio show, Johnny Angel's Heavenly Soul Show on jukinoldies.com, I begin thinking about the music that touched my soul.  My soul, there is that word again, soul music is the music that touches you soooo deeply, that it becomes part of you.  One of the greatest soul singers of all time is the great Jerry Butler ... the Iceman ... I understood the nickname the first time I saw him perform as I stood in the wing off stage.  Mr. Butler walks to the microphone almost like royalty, he doesn't dance on his way as so many other great soul singers do.  He commands the control of his show by the way he adjusts his singing volume, louder or softer as needed.  When he sings my favorite Jerry Butler song, Moon River, his stage manager conducts the lighting on stage and the blue haze fills the stage and a single pin spot hits the Iceman ... it is like watching poetry.  Jerry Butler was born in Sunflower, Mississippi and grew up in Chicago.  He was the original lead simger of the Impressions and had over 55 charted records as a solo artist.  I had the honors of working with Jerry Butler, spent time with him at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and interviewed him on my radio show.  Being in his presence was almost therapeutical, his voice is very calming and he has that delivery that makes you want to hear more of what he has to say.  Jerry Butler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and his recording of "For Your Precious Love" , which Jerry co-wrote, is ranked one of the Greatest 500 songs of All Time.  I find it amazing that Jerry's younger Brother is also a legend in soul music,  Mr. Billy Butler and I will elaborate on that in another blog.  Jerry was dubbed the "Iceman" by Philadelphia disc jockey, Georgie Woods.  The name stayed with Mr. Butler and even led to one of his greatest albums ... "The Iceman Cometh".  Jerry Butler is truly one of the National Treasures of Soul and Pop music, he is a humanitarian who not only spent time on stage but also as a give back to community, serving as Commisioner for Cook County, Illinois.  The Iceman cometh, he conquered and lives on in Cooolness!  Till tomorrow stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, God Bless!

Johnny


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