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TOTAL LEGEND ..So sorry to hear he is not well

 

i have 15 minutes of him live at wigan and contrary to belief its AMAZING!! 

 

so many great records hes made - a legacy few can hope to match 

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Billy is woven into the very fabric of the UK soul scene. For many of us our earliest memories will have included hearing 'The Right Track' blaring out of one club or another's speakers. Soon after I discovered this was only the tip of an amazing iceberg. My thoughts are with his family and friends...........

The Right Track

https://youtu.be/VtfbgSUfY-o

 

This has grown to be one of my favourites by him ..................

My Love For You Grows 

https://youtu.be/Sjco8K9k-1Q

Edited by Dave Thorley

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NOT GOOD NEWS I'M SORRY TO SAY FOLKS !

MR BILLY BUTLER IS VERY POORLY AND HAS BEEN GIVEN ONLY A FEW MONTHS MORE WITH US AS HE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER

THIS IS FROM THE FAMILY VIA A VERY CLOSE FRIEND , HIS FAMILY HAVE SAID IT IS OK TO LET EVERYONE KNOW.

HOPE EVERYONE WILL SAY A PRAYER FOR BILLY AND SUPPORT HIM .

BILLY HAS GIVEN US ALL SO MUCH PLEASURE AND ENRICHED OUR LIVES

WE'RE ALL THINKING OF YOU SIR !

 

ALSO SEE PREVIOUS POST BY PAUL WOOSNAM

(SORRY PAUL DIDN'T SEE POST)

 

Edited by bearsoul

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Billy,

Thinking of you and all of the great music you made. Brilliant guitarist, singer (and backing singer) and composer. In all of these fields you excelled.  You helped make Chicago soul of the sixties so MAGICAL for me!.

Thank you so much. Fight like mad to stay around please.

Phil

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Back in 82 I use to play Right Track the instrumental then fade in the vocal so you had double Billy - Wirrina and The Fleet floor reaction was always the same packed out with the clapping.

 

One of the all time classic soul sounds that says Northern Soul 100%

 

thinking of you BB be strong , you gotta keep on going never looking back coz I belive that your on the right track

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The SECOND northern soul record i EVER bought, on okeh..since then a demo has materialized and resides in the playbox, an ever present...Probably THEE most iconic tune to grace the scene, literally a national anthem..yet just one offering amongst his catalogue of great tunes..always in the shadow of his more illustrious brother, but that's not to take away anything from him because the "Right Track" will always be his signature, the driving force that sends generations of elated soulies to the dance floor..may we all pray for a miracle, amen.

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Billy's voice has been a constant presence through my 40+ years of loving soul music. I've always had a particular soft spot for I'll Bet You.

I am so sorry to hear he is so unwell. God bless.

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Just wondering how many people started their curiousity into the N Soul scene after hearing Billy's Right Track I was one who heard this Iconic track at school & this plus a few others set me on The Right Track for a very awsome  journey ..  Very sorry to hear this news "Stay Strong Billy  & never give up "...

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Thanks for all the posts soul source members.

Fitting for a real soul legend

 

On a personal note; 

 

Billly, we will always treasure the lovely times we spent together in Washington DC (and that breakfast in Chicago ! )

We wish you, Mattie, Jerry and all your family strength in the coming days.

Love you brother

Paul and Mandy

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Billy Butler - class act!

Where do you start, Right Track, Sweet Darlin', Come Over To My Side, Nevertheless, I'll Bet You, amongst so many others.

Thank You Billy. :hatsoff2:

yes nevertheless love that tune!!

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Sorry to hear this, all the best to him.   

 

He's been one of my favourites going back to 1969 when I first hear Right Track.  Never tire of hearing his Okeh and Brunswick recordings, every one great.  

Edited by AlanB

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Billy,

 

I played Right Track at a gig in Western Australia last night.  It's the first record I go to if the dancefloor's flagging a bit and it worked a treat like it always does.

 

Loads of fingers crossed and our thoughts are with you down under.

 

Keep On

Pete

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It's quite incredible to contemplate how sometimes music touches the hearts and lives of so many people, not just at the time the music was created, but across generations, decades and continents. Billy, you're a man whose music has done exactly that.

 

 

Sending you best wishes and positive thoughts from the Netherlands. 

Edited by Russell Gilbert

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Not good news. Have to say he was the first artist associated with the Northern Soul Scene I saw perform live in my old home-town Peterborough, around 1975. The scene classics are part of our personal DNA, and The Right Track is right up there in the top ten as far as 'records that define the genre' are concerned. Other Billy Butler records I loved and still love are Help Yourself, Sweet Darling, I'll Bet You, Come On Over To My Side and the fabulous ballad I Don't Want To Lose You, which is total class. Hope he gets to read some of these tributes. 

Edited by macca

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Not good news. Have to say he was the first artist associated with the Northern Soul Scene I saw perform live in my old home-town Peterborough, around 1975. The scene classics are part of our personal DNA, and The Right Track is right up there in the top ten as far as 'records that define the genre' are concerned. Other Billy Butler records I loved and still love are Help Yourself, Sweet Darling, I'll Bet You, Come On Over To My Side and the fabulous ballad I Don't Want To Lose You, which is total class. Hope he gets to read some of these tributes. 

had the honour of introducing him that night Macca awesome act and lovely man...

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Just wondering how many people started their curiousity into the N Soul scene after hearing Billy's Right Track I was one who heard this Iconic track at school & this plus a few others set me on The Right Track for a very awsome  journey ..  Very sorry to hear this news "Stay Strong Billy  & never give up "...

I'm one that fits your description, at school first then my towns Top Rank. That guitar intro has to be one of the most recogniseable of all Soul records. I made special journeys down to Soul City records in the early 70's and always first asked "have you got Right Track in?".... Get well Billy :yes:

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Billy Butler - class act!

 

Where do you start, Right Track, Sweet Darlin', Come Over To My Side, Nevertheless, I'll Bet You, amongst so many others.

 

Thank You Billy. :hatsoff2:

Quite right, pure class.

And Boston Monkey. :)

Edited by mellorful

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Would this be the right forum to ask all promoters to request the respective DJ to play a Billy Butler tune at 10pm next Saturday out of respect and love for an artist who has given us all so much pleasure over the years.

I would hope a positive vibe could be felt by Billy on the other side of the pond and lift him. :hatsoff2:

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Does Billy access this site Steve?

We have informed Terisa Griffin about this thread and how to access it. She is in regular contact with Billy and his family so would hope he will see it. Which is one of the reasons I started it after recieving permission from his family.

 

Thanks Paul

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Guest johnny hart

Billy; A Great Talent ;singer ,song writer and performer,My favourite track; Tomorrow is Another Day" ,One you wrote and recorded for okeh records in 1965. In England you are a true Star to thousands of fans;"Buena Salud".

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what can u say about billy butler ! hes a complete ledgend to us and has given us all more joy and soul in his music than he will ever know,thank you sir,a true soul ledgend

jason

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A great talent, lets not forget his work as a songwriter some greats with his name on them as a member of the Chicago Writers workshop. 

Also the group Infinity on Fountain (Jerry's label), Pride etc. 

Here's wishing him well.

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wishing u well Mr Butler and cant forget' burning touch of love' another fave

 

and also aswell as the soul scene 'right track' was.is and always will be one of the biggest tunes on the 'scooter scene'..a scene playing all different types of music but right track will fill the dancefloor everytime at dozens of events every weekend

 

dean

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