Billy Butler – 1977 – Sugar Candy Lady

One vinyl I always enjoy to come back.Really Groovy!!!!! and has that funky Leroy Hutson type soul vibe. ah!!! and what a cover….

No need to say much of this 70’s classic, the only one he recorded in the decade, for those are not familiar with.. Billy Butler (also a writer, arranger and producer) is Jerry Butler’s lesser-known brother, but an even more grooving artist on the Chicago soul scene of the 60s!

He recorded for Okeh Records in the middle of the 1960s, working with producer Carl Davis. His biggest hit was 1965’s ‘I Can’t Work No Longer”, which reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard Black Singles chart and #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. After 1966 he left Okeh and continued recording into the early 1970s. Butler also wrote songs for his brother, as well as for musicians such as Major Lance and Gene Chandler.

Definitely A Must Have Brothers and Sisters.

This is @ 320 vinyl rip of the original Curtom Records LP incuding covers.

A1 Sugar Candy Lady 3.22
A2 I Know The Feeling Well 3.45
A3 Play My Music 3.35
A4 The Saga Of Sadie Lee 6.51
B1 Feel The Magic 3.37
B2 I’m Gonna Make Her Mine 3.34
B3 Alone At Last (Part I & II) 7.09
B4 My Love For You Grows 3.20


Billy Butler, brother of Jerry and author of one of the greatest songs in soul music history — “I Stand Accused” — is one of the unluckiest men in the history of recorded music. Despite his phenomenal abilities and in-the-cut songs, the earmarks of his career were false starts, record company politics and double-dealing, and being in the right place at the wrong time.

This 1977 album, his first for Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label, is a mixed bag. Ballads such as “I Know the Feeling Well,” the two-part “Alone at Last,” and “I’m Gonna Make Her Mine” offer portraits of Butler as a solid singer, writer, and arranger. His guitar playing, like Terry Callier’s and Curtis Mayfield’s, is also highly individualistic and expressive. The mid-tempo tracks, such as “Feel the Magic,” “She’s Got Me Singing,” and “The Saga of Sadie Lee,” are among the finest in Chicago soul, with their Philly-influenced grooves and solid Northern soul bridges. But on the title track, “Play My Music,” and “My Love for You Grows,” Butler’s flirtation with disco feels far too formulaic, like pandering to the genre to make an impact. Alas, these three tracks — one that opens and another that closes the album — mar what could have been a mid-’70s classic. (All Music)



The younger brother of Jerry Butler, Billy Butler wasn’t nearly as well known as his sibling, but recorded some fine Chicago soul in the ’60s. Recording for OKeh under producer Carl Davis, Butler’s mid-’60s singles were quite similar to labelmates Major Lance’s and (less obviously) Curtis Mayfield’s as stellar examples of the finest features of the Chicago soul sound. Similar to Motown in its full, brassy production, the Chicago brand was earthier, with stronger tinges of gospel, doo wop, and Latin influences. Nor was Butler terribly similar to his brother, Jerry, with a punchier, more up-tempo sound. With backing group the Enchanters, Billy recorded consistently fine singles for OKeh from 1963 to 1966, scoring R&B hits with “I Can’t Work No Longer” (1965) and “Right Track” (1966). Butler left OKeh after 1966 and recorded for a variety of labels, denting the R&B charts with the singles “Get on the Chase” (1969) and “Free Yourself” (1971). A songwriter of note, he contributed material to fellow Chicago soul greats Major Lance, Gene Chandler, and his brother, Jerry.

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Listen a great early hit “The Right Track” from the 60’s Okeh Period

Thanks Raphy for cleaning this vinyl rip for us. Enjoy!!

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  • manny
    Posted at 00:26h, 01 October Reply

    thank you so much for sharing, im excited about this one

  • Motorgroove
    Posted at 01:35h, 01 October Reply

    Thank you for this rare brilliant share.

  • JTF
    Posted at 05:51h, 01 October Reply


  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 06:17h, 01 October Reply

    Thank you very much!

  • Randy
    Posted at 09:42h, 01 October Reply

    Looks great cant wait to give this a listen. Thanks.

  • Funkygoal
    Posted at 12:29h, 01 October Reply

    You don’t know how long I’ve been wanting to hear this album! Thank u.

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 15:26h, 01 October Reply

    Thanks a lot Nikos. Appreciate it.

    Posted at 16:18h, 01 October Reply

    Thank You So Much…………….

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 19:14h, 01 October Reply

    Thank you.

  • Olaf
    Posted at 19:56h, 01 October Reply

    Wow!!!! man. This is so fresh! Thank you very much!

  • Raphy
    Posted at 19:59h, 01 October Reply

    This is a Rarity amongst rarities… find a Billy Butler Lp in the 70’s is like finding a Sam Cooke album from the 70’s……and we all know that’s not possible……So Thank you very much for this GEM….
    I’ll have my HOT chocolate tea while I’m listening to this groove

    BIG UP!@!

  • hooch
    Posted at 20:21h, 01 October Reply

    Many thanks Nikos – greatly Appreciated!

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 21:20h, 01 October Reply

    Cheers Nikos!!

  • pierre
    Posted at 21:40h, 01 October Reply

    mmmmmmmmmmmm sweat as a candy!!!

  • SuperDuper
    Posted at 23:01h, 01 October Reply

    Awesome, very nice lp, thank you very much, groovy indeed!!!! :-)

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 23:25h, 01 October Reply

    Thanks Nikos and Raphy for all your hard work. I can’t wait to listen to this one!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:45h, 01 October Reply

    thank you !!

    big up !!

  • Jaguar
    Posted at 00:21h, 02 October Reply

    Thanks for posting this great Lp.

    It got a UK CD release about 8 years ago on the Sequel label at mid-price.

  • paul
    Posted at 00:37h, 02 October Reply

    Nice, I’ve been wanting to check this out for ages.

  • Gea
    Posted at 09:31h, 02 October Reply

    I’m really feelin’ this one thanks!

  • T.A.
    Posted at 12:27h, 02 October Reply

    Cover is nice :) but music is much better. A welcome surprise.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:38h, 02 October Reply

    Ain’t heard this one before – thanks heaps for the share!

  • Mick
    Posted at 20:57h, 02 October Reply

    cheers! dope cover. dope album.

  • modfather
    Posted at 21:43h, 02 October Reply

    any chance of reup m8

  • modfather
    Posted at 21:48h, 02 October Reply

    sorry m8, link worked ok just a glitch , thanks a bunch for this,

  • Dave
    Posted at 23:31h, 02 October Reply

    Superb!This blog is easily one of my favorite spots on the net. Great work.

  • avocado kid
    Posted at 06:36h, 03 October Reply

    looks great, thanks!

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 08:59h, 03 October Reply

    Thanks Nikos! Excellent choice! :¬)


  • FRT
    Posted at 14:50h, 03 October Reply

    Much love from Slovakia! Wonderful site.

  • julian
    Posted at 20:22h, 03 October Reply

    super cool drop man!
    many thanks

  • Samuel Jones
    Posted at 22:29h, 03 October Reply

    thanx! sometimes there are no words to describe this delightful soulful groovy gem.

  • Chris-T
    Posted at 08:05h, 04 October Reply

    Nuff thanks and respect!

  • Angel13
    Posted at 16:14h, 04 October Reply

    many thanks for this great drop nikos.

  • MadL
    Posted at 16:53h, 04 October Reply

    Once again brother, u r the shit. thank u for the share.

  • Timur
    Posted at 23:05h, 04 October Reply

    Brilliant !!

    There is a Billy Butler & Infinity track called ”I dont want to loose you”. Really hits the spot that one, for me, his best. It was a single release on Okeh so that seems to make it hard to ever appear on a blog.

    Thanks for a really great site, really appreciated.

  • culov
    Posted at 08:53h, 05 October Reply

    thanks SO much for this record nikos. for real… i cant wait to hear this joint, billy butler is one of my favorite guitarists ever but his shit is so difficult to find! i know im getting greedy, but i need to ask because ive been after it for so long: do you have Billy Butler & Infinity – Hung Up On You (1973)??

    again, thank you VERY VERY much for this record. peace

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 18:13h, 05 October Reply

    thx for this sweet share Raphy & Nikos, always glad to take a toke of the unknown groove, have not been blogging much, so i’m trying to make a few rounds today beginning with this, thx again , cant wait to hear it!!!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 18:43h, 05 October Reply

    Culov, this is a very rare album. i am afraid i do not have it but i’ll do my best to find it on mp3.

  • keviekev
    Posted at 02:03h, 06 October Reply

    Thanks for sharing such sweet, sweet music. Really Beautiful. Respect.

  • Isis
    Posted at 09:38h, 06 October Reply

    Oh ! You’re the one !!! Great great great site!

  • Rich
    Posted at 18:22h, 06 October Reply

    nikos and raphy many thanx for this wonderful album cant wait to hear it.

  • joe blow
    Posted at 21:05h, 06 October Reply

    love the blog. Thanks for the gems.

  • stefko
    Posted at 22:24h, 06 October Reply

    I was never disappointed by your choices and this one is really e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t. Thanks. I’m going to look for other Billy Butler releases.

  • Paul
    Posted at 08:34h, 08 October Reply

    Looking forward to hearing this. Just out of curiosity, I have BB’s Right Track on an Okeh 7 but both sides are instrumental, no vocal – any Northern fans let me know more about it? Thanks.

  • jerome green
    Posted at 00:13h, 10 October Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    Thanks so much for this! Thank you Raphy. I saw this many years ago on a Curtom ad inside a Linda Clifford CD. I always wanted to listen to it. Thanks for the great music.

    Peace, Jerome

  • kizza
    Posted at 16:42h, 10 October Reply

    Thanks yet again! You guys rule blogland!

  • Keith
    Posted at 17:00h, 12 October Reply

    The cover would sell me on that one. Thanks for posting this. You post some really interesting and wonderful music.

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 23:56h, 20 October Reply

    Excellent post Nikos. Always good post.

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 23:57h, 20 October Reply

    And thanks to Raphy.

  • jean
    Posted at 06:57h, 26 October Reply

    nice lp…..never heard…good groove sound …thx dude

  • asher dust
    Posted at 17:33h, 28 October Reply

    Even tho I personally didnt really enjoy this album..i still give thanks for all the fantastic music that I have been introduced to on this blog..
    Peace Everytime

  • Chris
    Posted at 08:28h, 12 November Reply

    More Curtom!!! Need I say more. Um hmmm!!! Thanks

  • Chris
    Posted at 21:47h, 05 December Reply

    Thanks for getting this Billy Butler record posted up here!!! PEace

  • analog6
    Posted at 01:44h, 22 December Reply

    Very informative post. Think I’ll give this one a listen. Thanks.

  • Brian Muhammad
    Posted at 02:41h, 25 December Reply

    Thank you

  • Brian Muhammad
    Posted at 02:43h, 25 December Reply

    Thank you another classic album. Keep up your usual high standards, am very impressed. All the very best New Yearto you.

  • moggy
    Posted at 11:36h, 25 March Reply

    Thanks for that
    New name to me …but sounds excellent

  • Joeboy
    Posted at 16:39h, 30 July Reply

    Well Billy Butler…. what can you say, Just a legend to me, yes always hit the dance floor if billy got spun, memories, and yes I was a regular at the Casino, great days! great music! great people!
    KTF 😀

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