‘For Your Precious Love’ is a song that was written by Jerry Butler, Richard Brooks and Arthur Brooks in 1958 and it was performed by Jerry Butler and The Impressions. This is the year that I started school and although I did not hear this till many years later, it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores and Top 100 charts. The song was ranked #335 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2010. The song started as a poem that Jerry Butler wrote in High School, and after the Impressions formed, Butler and the Brooks brothers set the words to music. The Impressions were considered to be architects of Rhythm and Blues and they were comprised of brothers Richard and Arthur Brooks, Sam Gooden, Emmanuel Thomas and Curtis Mayfield. The Impressions got their start with this song and despite the success that the group had with this song, Jerry Butler and the Impressions went their separate ways shortly after.
In the 1960s, The Impressions defined Chicago Soul, being a mixture of gospel, pop and Black reality, and Curtis Mayfield defined The Impressions, as their lead singer, writer and producer. They had an astonishing run of R & B and pop chart successes, including 19 consecutive R & B hits, 12 of them crossing over into pop. In 1961, the revamped Impressions had its first Mayfield-era hit, ‘Gypsy Woman’, which reached No. 2 on the R&B chart, No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the Cash Box chart. Unlike at Motown, where they had a factory of writers who created the hits, Curtis was the factory for the group. For the rest of the decade the group remained hot with 14 Top 10 hits including an amazing run of five Top 20 songs in 1964. In 1964, The Impressions had their biggest hit to date with the Mayfield song, ‘Keep on Pushing’ and this song got the group a lot of attention from the Civil Rights Movement.
Curtis Mayfield was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music. Curtis dropped out of high school, joining The Roosters, a doo wop group led by Jerry Butler and he was only16 when he joined The Impressions. He was an integral part of something called the Chicago Soul sound that began in the late Fifties. Mayfield quit the Impressions in 1970. Curtis Mayfield died from diabetes at the end of 1999, but original members Cash and Gooden are still alive.
After leaving The Impressions, Jerry has had over 55 Billboard Pop and R&B Chart Hits as a solo artist, including some 15 Top 40 Pop Hits in the Hot 100, and 15 R&B Top 10’s. In 1960, he had a #7 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘He Will Break Your Heart’, a song that 15 years later would be a #1 hit for Tony Orlando and Dawn. His 1964 song ‘Let It Be Me’ went to #5 and his 1969 song ‘Only the Strong Survive’ that he wrote with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff reached #4. Otis Redding and The Black Keys have both recorded his songs. Spanning five decades, Butler’s musical career has produced over 50 albums, numerous hit songs and three Grammy Award nominations. In 1991, Jerry “The Iceman” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994.
Than any love could ever be.
For when I wanted you,
I was so lonely and blue,
For that’s what love will do
And darling, I’m so surprised,
Oh, when I first realized
That you were fooling me.
And darling, they say that our love won’t grow.
But I just want to tell them they don’t know.
For as long as you’re in love with me,
Our love will grow wider,
Deeper than any sea.
And of all the things that I want,
In this whole wide world, is
Just for you to say that you’ll be my girl.
Wanting you, I’m so lonely and blue.
That’s what love will do.
Written for Love Is In Da Blog where Bee asks us to find a love song from the year that we started school. I don’t remember going the Kindergarten and it may not have been popular when I was young, but I bet that I would have been really good at playing in the sandbox, but maybe not so good at making it to the toilet.