Billy Butler

Billy Butler (born William E. Butler; June 7, 1945 – March 31, 2015) was an American soul singer and songwriter active in the 1960s and 1970s. He was born in Chicago. His elder brother, Jerry, was also a singer and songwriter for whose band Billy played the guitar.

Billy Butler formed the vocal group the Enchanters while at high school. He first recorded for Okeh Records in 1963, and was produced initially by Curtis Mayfield and later by Carl Davis.

On early recordings he was backed by the Chanters, a renamed version of the Enchanters; other members were Errol Batts and Jesse Tillman. His first and biggest hit was 1965's "I Can't Work No Longer", which reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Singles chart and #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group disbanded in 1966, and after a minor solo hit with "The Right Track" he left Okeh. "The Right Track" is placed at number 11 in the Northern Soul Top 500

He later formed a new group, Infinity, with Batts, Larry Wade and Phyllis Knox. They had three minor R&B hits: "Get on the Case" (#41 R&B, Fountain Records, 1969), "I Don't Want To Lose You" (Memphis Records, #38 R&B, 1971), and "Hung Up On You" (Pride Records, #48 R&B, 1973). He also wrote songs for his brother, as well as for such musicians as Major Lance and Gene Chandler.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 7, 1945 (Chicago), Died March 31, 2015

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1966 - 1968

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 117708 7/21/1966 Love grows bitter Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 117709 7/20/1966 Sweet darling Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 117710 7/20/1966 Help yourself Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 117711 7/20/1966 If you need somebody Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 118745 3/16/1967 Come on over to my side Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 118746 3/16/1967 I can't wait (for your love) Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 119370 8/22/1967 I'll bet you-1 Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 119371 8/22/1967 Careless heart-2 Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 120006 2/29/1968 Thank you baby Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 120007 2/29/1968 Burning touch of love Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 120008 2/29/1968 Other side of love Billy Butler vocalist  
Decca 120009 2/29/1968 Love can come on up Billy Butler vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Butler, Billy," accessed August 13, 2022,

Butler, Billy. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 13, 2022, from

"Butler, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 13 August 2022.

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