Rosemary Butler

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Rosemary Butler
Rosemary Butler 2019 by Glenn Francis.jpg
Butler at the California Saga 2 Charity Concert in Los Angeles, 2019
Background information
Birth nameRosemary Ann Butler
Born (1947-04-06) April 6, 1947 (age 72)
California, U.S.
GenresPop, rock, country, contemporary folk, blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s)singer, backing vocalist, former bassist
InstrumentsVocals, bass (earlier)
Years active1960s–present
Associated actsBirtha, countless others (see text)

Rosemary Ann Butler (born April 6, 1947)[1] is an American singer. She began her career playing bass guitar and singing in an all-female band named the Ladybirds while attending Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, California. The band appeared on several Los Angeles area television shows before opening for the Rolling Stones in 1964. She then joined all-female hard rock band Birtha[2] who released two albums for Dunhill Records. After they split in 1975, she became a popular back-up singer in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her vocals were featured on Bonnie Raitt's album, Sweet Forgiveness, on songs "Gamblin' Man", "Runaway", "Sweet Forgiveness", and "Two Lives."

Butler has worked extensively as a back-up singer for Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jackson Browne, and Rosanne Cash among others. She released a solo album, Rose, in 1983.

She achieved her greatest visibility and success as a solo artist in Japan in the early 1980s, contributing songs such as "Riding High" to the movie Dirty Hero (汚れた英雄) and "Children of the Light" (光の天使) to the anime film Harmagedon. She was also co-contractor of the 100-voice choir on Neil Young's album Living with War. She cofounded "The National In Choir," an LA-based volunteer holiday choir with singer/lyricist Deborah Pearl.[3]

After 30 years, Butler's second solo album, You Just Watch Me, came out in 2013.[4][5]


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009" (database). May 16, 2014. Rosemary Ann Butler, Residence, Sherman Oaks, California, United States – via FamilySearch; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  2. ^ Birtha official fan site
  3. ^ About Rosemary on official website
  4. ^ "Kenny Loggins Records Duet w/ Legendary Vocalist Rosemary Butler". Naluda Magazine. October 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "Rosemary Butler's New Album 'You Just Watch Me' Features Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne". Rockcellar Magazine. November 7, 2013. Archived from the original on September 10, 2016.

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