Billy Butler (guitarist)

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Billy Butler in 1977

Billy Butler (December 15, 1925 – March 20, 1991) was an American soul jazz guitarist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He played with The Harlemaires, Tommy Flanagan, tenor saxophonist Floyd "Candy" Johnson, Houston Person, organist Harry "Doc" Bagby, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, David "Fathead" Newman, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Bill Doggett, King Curtis, Sammy Price, William (Wild Bill) Davison, Dinah Washington, Panama Francis, Johnny Hodges, Norris Turney, Al Casey, Jackie Williams and others.[1] [2] [3]

He also co-wrote, with Bill Doggett, the 1956 R&B hit "Honky Tonk". He was with the Doggett band from 1954 to 1964 and recorded many albums with the organist.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

With Charles Brown

  • One More For The Road (Alligator, 1989)

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Bill Doggett

  • Moon Dust (King 395-502, 1956)
  • Hot Doggett (King 395-514, 1956)
  • As You Desire Me (King 395-523, 1956)
  • Everybody Dance The Honky Tonk (King 395-531, 1956)
  • Dame Dreaming With Bill Doggett (King 395-532, 1957)
  • A Salute To Ellington (King 533, 1957)
  • The Doggett Beat For Dancing Feet (King 557, 1957)
  • Candle Glow (King 563, 1958)
  • Swingin' Easy (King 582, 1958)
  • Dance Awhile With Doggett (King 585, 1958)
  • 12 Songs Of Christmas (King 600, 1958) [reissue of King 295-89 plus 6 additional tracks]
  • Hold It! (King 609, 1959)
  • High And Wide (King 633, 1959)
  • Big City Dance Party (King 641, 1959)
  • Bill Doggett On Tour [not a live album] (King 667, 1959)
  • For Reminiscent Lovers, Romantic Songs By Bill Doggett (King 706, 1960)
  • Back With More Bill Doggett (King 723, 1960)
  • The Many Moods Of Bill Doggett (King 778, 1962)
  • Bill Doggett Plays American Songs, Bossa Nova Style (King 830, 1963)
  • Impressions (King 868, 1963)
  • The Best Of Bill Doggett [compilation] (King 908, 1964)
  • "Wow!" (ABC Paramount, 1964)

With Frank Foster

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

With Illinois Jacquet

With Eric Kloss

With Yusef Lateef

With Jimmy McGriff

  • The Groover (Jazz America Marketing (JAM), 1982)

With Oliver Nelson

With Houston Person

With Bernard Purdie

With Shirley Scott

With Sonny Stitt

With Ernie Wilkins

  • Hard Mother Blues (Mainstream, 1970)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron; Lieberson, Richard. "Billy Butler Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  2. ^ New York Times obituary.
  3. ^ Find A Grave Dan Pollock.

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