Cliff Butler

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Cliff Butler
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Clifford B. Butler

(1923-08-03)August 3, 1923
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
DiedJanuary 13, 1982(1982-01-13) (aged 58)
OccupationMusician, dj, pianist, minister

Cliff "Bishop" Butler (August 3, 1923 – January 13, 1982) was a DJ and a gospel, blues and R&B singer from Louisville, Kentucky, United States.


Cliff Butler was born on October 17, 1922, in Louisville, Kentucky. His earliest music experiences were with a jug band in Louisville. After serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II, he returned to his hometown and organized a band to back his vocals. His first recordings were with Three Notes for Signature Records (1948), followed by recordings for King Records (1949). Butler began recording for the States label with a session on November 17, 1952. The session musicians included blind pianist Benny Holton, who regularly accompanied Butler, as well as Chicago stalwarts Leon Washington on tenor sax and Red Saunders on the drum stool. On one of these recordings, "Adam's Rib," he exhibited a strong Roy Brown influence. On another track from the session, "You're My Honey, But the Bees Don't Know It," Butler was accompanied by a vocal group from Louisville, The Doves.[1]

Butler died of cancer on January 13, 1982, in Louisville, Kentucky.


Title Label Release Date
Crying Blues King Records 1949
When You Love (You Should Love From The Heart) King Records 1950
I Dream Such Foolish Dreams King Records 1950
Gold Diggin' Baby King Records 1950
Hearts Only Ache (Heart Never Break) King Records 1950
Adam's Rib States Records 1953
Benny's Blues States Records 1953
People Will Talk States Records 1953
When You Love States Records 1953
Boogie With Lou Dot Records 1953
Can't Get Her Off My Mind Dot Records 1953
You're Honey But The Bees Don't Know It States Records 1955
Jealous Hearted Woman States Records 1955
On My Mind NASCO Records 1957
My Mood NASCO Records 1957
That's How I Go For You NASCO Records 1958
Devoted To You NASCO Records 1958
Love One Another NASCO Records 1958
Devoted To You NASCO Records 1958
Let Us Break Bread Together NASCO Records 1958


  1. ^ "Tri-Com Promotion Home Page". Archived from the original on June 27, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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