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Soul Singer Jerry Butler.

Singer Jerry Butler, aka The Iceman. His 1969 hit, “Only the Strong Survive,” is a rhythm and blues classic, and also the title of his new autobiography: “Only the Strong Survive: Memoirs of a Soul Survivor” (Indiana University Press) Butler founded the vocal group The Impressions as well as having a successful solo career. His awareness of civil rights led him to politics, and he is serving his fourth term on the Cook County Board of Commissioners in Chicago. The book was written with Earl Smith, Butler’s brother-in-law and a journalist.




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Other segments from the episode on November 22, 2000

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 22, 2000: Interview with Jerry Butler; Review of the films "102 Dalmatians" and "Unbreakable."


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