Only the Strong Survive was collectively written by Butler Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The song was the first of two singles by Butler which were gold certified by the RIAA, selling over a million copies (the second was “Ain’t Understanding Mellow” in 1972).
Many covers of the song followed: Elvis Presley (1969), Skeeter Davis (1969), Billy Paul (1977), Rod Stewart (2009) Larry Carlton (2010) and Bruce Springsteen (on his album of the same name) (2022). Davis’s version appeared on her album Maryfrances, released in August 1969, Presley’s version on his ” From Elvis in Memphis ” album released in June 1969. In the UK, Billy Paul’s version was released on the Philadelphia International label (PIR 5699).
2 thoughts on “Only the Strong Survive | Jerry Butler”
A great talent for sure, solid tune.
The Ice Man, as he is known by, has an extensive record going back to the Doowop era. He’s a music great! Thanks dafoe for listening. It is a pleasure to know that you enjoyed.❤️❤️🎶🎶
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