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MY GUITAR HEROES – BILLY BUTLER

dennis

November 14th, 2015

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MY GUITAR HEROES – BILLY BUTLER
Another of my guitar heroes was Billy Butler who played with organist Bill Doggett. He was a little on the jazzy side but his guitar work on “Honky Tonk” and other Bill Doggett songs was amazing. We learned and played many Bill Doggett songs in the teen clubs. It was a rite of passage for every teen band back in the early fifties. If you couldn’t play those songs, you didn’t have a lot of jobs.

Yesterday, Today. and Tomorrow

Billy Butler album

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had the opportunity to meet Bill Doggett when I was playing at the Twenty Grand in Detroit. I sat next to him at the bar and introduced myself and told him how important his music was to us and the teen clubs back in the day. He thanked me and bought me a drink. He was a true Rock and Roll legend in those early days.

I also had a chance to play on a session with Billy Butler in New York. He was still a great musician and nice guy to work with.

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