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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With the Honorable Jerry Butler

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Singer, composer, country official Jerry Butler was born in Sunflower, Mississippi, in 1939. In 1993, Butler received his M.A. degree in public administration from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. Butler's family moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was a child. His earliest performances were in churh where he met another budding singer, Curtis Mayfield. With two friends, Butler became lead singer of,Jerry Butler and The Impressions. Their first hit was a song Butler wrote: "For Your Precious Love". Butler launched a solo career, producing over fifty albums and numerous hit songs including Never Gonna Give You Up; and Ain't Understanding Mellow. Butler received three Grammy nominations and various awards for singing, composing and publishing, including two Billboard magazine awards. In 1991, he and the original members of the Impressions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1985, Butler was elected Cook County (Illinois) Commissioner.
Performers
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
265 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with The Honorable Jerry Butler
The Honorable Jerry Butler
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2002 June 11.
Description
1 online resource (9 video files (4 hr., 24 min., 50 sec.)) : sound, color
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