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Dave Thorley

Butch Williams Of The Heartbreakers. New Vinyl Release

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--------------- On vinyl for the 1st time in July ---------------------

For the first time ever Butch Williams cool modern soul track 'Keep on loving me' is coming out on a vinyl 45. Taken from his CD 'Introducing Butch Williams', which was released a few years ago and sold well at the time. This track in particular has gain a following, so Butch has decided to put out a 45 of it.

Butch was a one time member of The Heartbreakers on Derby City. So this is Butch's full story........................... He started singing at high school in Louisville with a group called The Creations at middle school, then joined The Marvells when he was at Ahren's High School, Butch wrote a song 'Smile for you' for the group that they then recorded.

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In 1969 he joined The Heartbreakers. This group had been formed two years earlier by Eddie Haynes and recorded a 45 on Miracle records, owned by a local lawyer Ms. Ora Miracle. For the next couple of years he continued singing with this group. Apart from Butch and Eddie Hayes, Curtis (TC) Wiggins Elzy White made up the group, Elzy also owned the label Derby-City records. They recorded a further 45 on Derby-City, 'I've got to face it/How do you say goodbye', this was recorded at United Sound in Detroit, as Elzy love the Motown sound and was trying to get a Temptations feel to the recordings. the first side had Curtis on lead vocals, the second side with Eddie on lead, backing was provided by session musicians at United Sound studio. After the group broke up he along with Eddie Haynes joined a group called Enterprise The full line up was the aformentioned plus Kenneth Morton, Al Marshall and James Nes Neblett They had limited success in the Louisville area playing the clubs including The Frontiersman & The Palm. 

As an aside these two clubs also had record labels named after them, which Curtis Wiggins, after The Heartbreakers broke up recorded on one of them, Palm and release 2 45's. Frontiersman was the label that Leroy Barbour - recorded 'I ain't going nowhere and a song by local writer Phillip Mitchell 'Find me'. Enterprise did go into the studio and recorded a number of sides including a track that Butch felt they should have been released called 'Love bandit'. Tapes of this track got sent round all the local stations and had a fair amount of play for a few months, but no release was forth coming. With no real success with this group, His next stop was to join the house band at The Joe's Palm club called Crisis through the 80's he sang and played with them and a group called Area Code 502.

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In the early 90's he became the presenter of a TV show called Satrgazer, which showcased local groups. When this ended Butch felt that music wasn't going to provide him a living for much longer, so got a job at GE.Butch's love of music never waned, and a stroke of fate produced his last two sets of recordings. His immediate work mates were always playing blues, one day he asked them why the blues, not R&B with. They said 'because it comes from deep inside and has more feelin' Butch said to them I'm going to write you guys a song. Some weeks later he came to work with his guitar and played them the song, they were blown away and said he must record this and anymore music he had. So a year later in 2006 Butch found himself releasing his album 'Introducing Butch Williams'. This was a mix of soul & blues classics plus some songs of his own, including the self penned number 'Keep on lovin' me the way that you do'. This was recieved well and this track got air play around the world and the CD a 5 star Amazon rating, which he is very proud of. This was followed by another album in 2012 containing mainly blues tracks, called 'How do you like me now?' . Butch has now retired from GE and is passionate about helping conserve and promote the musical heritage of the city of Louisville, most recently working his old friend Ron (Mr. Wonderful) Lewis and The Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame to create a permanent section for the cities R&B artists.

I will be getting some of these for sale when they get released ....................

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Edited by Dave Thorley

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Just leave a request message on this thread and I'll hit everyone up when Butch has copies

 

cheers Dave, consider it left. thank you  :thumbsup:

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Well this seems to have taken forever, but Butch has now got these pressed up and sent them to me, can't rush the man. So the new 45 is here just in time for Christmas, two great sides, the much requested mid tempo modern soul dancer and a stunning, classy ballad flip.............................

Butch Williams - Keep on loving me  (the way that you do) / Forever more - Stagazer Records 

I'll be contacting all those that showed interest in it...............................

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Hear Both Sides Below .............................

https://youtu.be/aRbMP7nl-mw

 

https://youtu.be/Sk1Xm8U8vCo

 

Edited by Dave Thorley

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Guest johnny hart

How do you catergorise quality? Modern,northern,dancer,uplifting;well is All of these plus,best thing i have heard for ages! Give it alisten Go wan ,Go wan ,Go wan, !

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Guest Johnny One Trout

Dave you never mentioned this last night, lovely stuff, could please put one aside for us?

 

John

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Guest Johnny One Trout

Excellent record by the way, but you knew that....

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Guest johnny hart

Go Wan ,Go Wan ,Go Wan ,Save me Wan for John! Lol Johnny Hart.

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