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Album Review

The folk boom still had enough energy in 1964 to pull in prodigious talents in the soul community — Sam Cooke's recording of "The Riddle Song" was one example, and Folk Songs by Jerry Butler was another. The album title is a little misleading — Butler and arranger Phil Moore plunged into blues and spirituals that were mostly pretty far removed from the central folk-pop repertory of the period, and the album ended up being far more of a soulful blues album with some sophisticated low-key backing than a "folk" album. "Frisco's Foggy Dew" is a highlight, as is the mournful "When I Lost My Baby"; Butler isn't as comfortable on "Little Ole Lite," but "Alberta" is a supremely moody, low-key triumph, and his soaring rendition of "John B." (aka "Sloop John B.") adds several wrinkles that the Beach Boys missed completely in their hit rendition; and "Motherless Child" reaches places that Richie Havens never got to with his version (aka "Freedom"). And what Butler does on "Red Dress" with the melody "Greensleeves" is worth the price of admission. Moore's arrangements and Butler's vocals work well together, and the result is a soul classic borne of the folk boom.


Born: December 08, 1939 in Sunflower, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 spite of his status as a true music icon, he remains humble. Butler moved from Sunflower, MS, to Chicago, IL, at the age of three during the mass migration of blacks from the South to the North. (He grew up in an area which is now known as the Cabrini-Green...
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  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul
  • Released: 1963

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