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Billy Butler

Billy Butler

born on 15/12/1925 in Philadelphia, PA, United States

died on 20/3/1991 in Teaneck, NJ, United States

Billy Butler (guitarist)

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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.


As leader

  • This Is Billy Butler! (Prestige, 1968)
  • Guitar Soul! (Prestige, 1969)
  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Prestige, 1970)
  • Night Life (Prestige, 1971)
  • Billy Butler Plays Via Galactica (Kilmarnock, 1973)
  • Guitar Odyssey (1974)
  • Don't Be That Way (1976)

As sideman

With Gene Ammons

  • Brother Jug! (Prestige, 1969)
  • My Way (Prestige, 1971)

With Frank Foster

  • Soul Outing! (Prestige, 1966)

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • The Melody Lingers On (Limelight, 1966)
  • It's My Way (Solid State, 1969)
  • Cornucopia (Solid State, 1969)

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

  • That Healin' Feelin' (Prestige, 1968)

With Illinois Jacquet

  • Spectrum (Argo, 1965)
  • The King! (Prestige, 1968)

With Eric Kloss

  • Grits & Gravy (Prestige, 1966)

With Yusef Lateef

  • The Doctor is In... and Out (Atlantic, 1976)

With Oliver Nelson

  • Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle (Impulse!, 1966)

With Houston Person

  • Goodness! (Prestige, 1969)
  • Truth! (Prestige, 1970)
  • Houston Express (Prestige, 1970)

With Bernard Purdie

  • Soul Drums (Date, 1967)

With Shirley Scott

  • Something (Atlantic, 1970)

With Sonny Stitt

  • Soul Electricity! (Prestige, 1968)
  • Goin' Down Slow (Prestige, 1972)
  • Satan (Cadet, 1974)


  1. Wynn, Ron. [Billy Butler (guitarist) at All Music Guide Billy Butler Biography]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
  2. New York Times obituary.
  3. Find A Grave Dan Pollock.

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