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Jerry Butler Thursday 19th March 2009 NABOB's 25th Anniversary Communications Awards Dinner held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Washington DC, USA

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Cicely Tyson and Jerry Butler
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Cicely Tyson and Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Monday 10th March 2008 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Waldorf-Astoria hotel - Press Room New York City, USA

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Only The Strong Survive Review


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Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker have crafted some of cinema's most impressive documentaries -- especially their musical documentaries like Monterey Pop -- but their look back at the titans of the soul genre comes off as flat and, frankly, lazy.

There's not a lot of setup for why this film is made -- though the half-assed reunion concert that concludes the brisk film comes off as even sillier than the one in Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In the beginning, our narrators state simply that they wonder what happened to pioneering soul singers like Wilson Pickett, Rufus Thomas, Jerry Butler, and The Chi-Lites. Turns out there's not a lot of mystery to it; they're still alive and kicking, and judging from the footage in the film, they're doing a lot of radio appearances. The exception is Isaac Hayes, who would go on to renewed fame by voicing the role of "Chef" on the South Park TV show -- and in fact it's Hayes that gets more screen time here than any of his compatriots.

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