When the Trammps, (Disco Inferno) Billy Paul, (Me and Mrs. Jones) and Elvis Presley (duh) record covers of a song you wrote, you can bet it’s a pretty good tune.
Written and sung by Jerry Butler and released in the fall of 1968, this soul classic soared all the way to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Only the Strong Survive" was the first ever single certified platinum by the RIAA, selling well over a million copies.
Now 75 years old,
Jerry’s been working in Chicago City government since 1985.
Oh yeah, and he married Annette,
one of his back up singers.
This great song is a strong memory from high school!