Top 10 Jerry Butler Hits

Jerry Butler was born in Sunflower, Mississippi in 1939. His family moved to Chicago in 1944. His interest in singing began by singing in church groups and with the Northern Jubilee Gospel Singers. Curtis Mayfield was also a member of that group.

Butler and Mayfield joined an R&B group, The Quails. But, in 1957, he and Mayfield would join another vocal group, The Roosters, with Sam Gooden and brothers, Arthur and Richard Brooks. In 1957, they changed their name to The Impressions and he would have only one major hit with them. Butler left the group in 1958 for a solo career. Mayfield would continue with The Impressions and have a string of hits.

He was dubbed “The Iceman” by Philadelphia disc jockey, Georgie Woods, who saw Butler perform there.

Butler also wrote many songs, including co-writing “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” with Otis Redding

Jerry Butler would have a successful solo career, scoring thirty-nine hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. On Billboard’s R&B charts, he would have three number one hits.

Here’s a look at Jerry Butler’s ten biggest pop hits according to the Billboard Top Pop Singles Charts.

1. Only The Strong Survive – 1969 – Written by Butler and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, his biggest pop song would go to number one on the R&B charts. Elvis Presley and Billy Paul would do cover versions of this song.

2. Let it Be Me – 1964 – Here, Jerry teams up with soul singer Betty Everett. Previously released by the Everly Brothers in 1960, this song was first recorded as a French song in 1955 as “Je t’appartiens.”

3. He Will Break Your Heart – 1960 – Written by Butler and Curtis Mayfield, Tony Orlando and Dawn took this song to number one in 1975 and changed the title to “He Don’t Love You (Like I Do).”

4. Moon River – 1961 – Although Butler’s version made it to number eleven on the pop charts, this Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer tune won the Academy Award for Best Original Song as sung by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” Andy Williams, never released this song as a single, used it as his signature song.

5. For Your Precious Love – 1958 – Butler’s only hit with The Impressions was ranked #335 in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 songs of all times in 2010. He would re-record this song in 1966, but it barely cracked the weekly Top 100 charts.

6. Hey, West Union Man – 1968 – This was Butler’s second number one single on the Billboard’s R&B charts. It reached #16 on the pop charts.

7. Never Give You Up – 1968 – From his “The Iceman Cometh” album, it was covered in 2010 by The Black Keys as “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

8. Make It Easy On Yourself – 1962 – Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it was originally recorded by Dionne Warwick, but her label didn’t want to release it. Butler hearing the track, used the same arrangement as Warwick’s and Butler had his first solo hit. In 1965, The Walker Brothers also had a top 20 hit with it.

9. What’s The Use Of Breaking Up – 1969 – From his “Ice On Ice” album, the flip side of this top twenty hit was “Brand New Me” which never cracked the Top 100 charts, but was a huge hit for Dusty Springfield.

10. Ain’t Understanding Mellow – 1971 – Jerry teamed up with artist Brenda Lee Eager for this soulful tune. Eager was the lead vocalist with Butler’s backup singers and recorded several songs together that charted, but none as successful as this one.

Today, Jerry Butler continues to perform while serving as a Cook County Board Commissioner. He won re-election in 2014. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Annette, who is one of his backup singers. He has been host on PBS TV music specials featuring many Doo Wop and R&B groups.

In 1991, Jerry Butler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

6 Creative Ways To Keep Your Neighbor’s Dog Away From Your Lawn

It is extremely difficult to regard dogs as man’s best friend when they desecrate your lawn in a very bad way. But the most important thing that needs to be considered is the animal is doing what he naturally does and the things that his owner permits. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to curb thoughtless people who allow their dogs to misbehave in someone else’s yard. Although there are certain home remedies available that can keep your neighbor’s pet away from the yard, the results are highly unpredictable. You can gamble with repellents, but they only work in certain conditions.

Let us try to look at some of the creative ways to keep neighbour’s dog away from your lawn:

Be decent with your neighbours

It is extremely difficult to remain calm when your neighbor’s dog is doing potty in your yard. But the bottom-line is if you behave nicely with the neighbor, they may like you in return which would go a long way in ensuring that they go out of the way to stop their doggy from destroying your yard. They may even pay more attention towards what their dog is doing which would ultimately benefit you.

Put signs and signals that signify your yard has been proofed for skunks and racoons

Always have sign boards in your yard that dogs and cats should not be in the grass/flower beds. Never say it is dangerous because it can scare anyone. You only want dogs and cats to stay away from your yard.

Have a smooth talk with your neighbour

Remember, dog owners are not awake to the activities carried out by their dogs. You can always make their aware of the piles that is there in the yard or flowers dying due to dog’s pee. If you see the dog doing his business in the yard get the lawn treated and inform the dog owner about the activities of their pet which would ensure that the doggy remains off the limits from your yard.

If you still see your neighbour’s dog in your yard for dog potty, take his pictures

Normally, there would be local accordance to clean up after the pet. The photos can assist your case considerably. Also, take the snapshot of the owner so that they can be easily identifiable.

If you are concerned about a stray dog, get a safe dog repellent

You can use the repellent in the lawn areas and garden to protect it from the nuisance caused by stray dogs. It has generally been observed that Critter Ridder repellents are extremely safe, but taste and smell foul for the dogs to stay away from the place where you spray it.

Install a motion detector sprayer in the places where you are experiencing most damage

You can install a motion detector sprayer in your flowers adjacent to your mailbox so the next time a doggy tries to spray they will get sprayed instead. This would also enable dog owners to keep their furry pals away from the flowers!!!