The Story of a Song

Singer/Songwriter Tiny Barge's song "Everytime I See A Butterfly"
has been recorded by Gladys Knight and The Pips,
Maxine Nightingale, Sandra Feva, Donnie Kees, country artist Bob Hurst and several versions by jazz great Les McCann.

As a young up and coming songwriter Tiny Barge ventured to New York City to try
his chances at Atlantic Records. Only through a shear stroke of luck was Tiny granted audience with Joel Dorn, head A&R man for Atlantic's jazz department. Joel liked
what he heard and took several of Tiny's songs to publish through Cotillion Music.

Some three years later, after performing his composition "Everytime I See A Butterfly"
at an engagement in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tiny was accosted by a patron accusing
him of plagiarizing the song which he had recently heard Les McCann play in
concert in Detroit. Tiny was able to contact Mr. McCann and they hit it off very well.
Les McCann recorded his brilliant jazz version of Tiny's song in 1975 and they have remained friends over the years.

Tiny Barge and Les McCann

Gladys Knight & The Pips
In 1978 Motown legends Gladys Knight & the Pips recorded three projects, The Pips second recording on their own called "Callin'", Ms. Knight's first solo album titled "Miss Gladys Knight" and one album together as a group, aptly titled "The One And Only". For that album Cecile Barker brought producer Tony Camillo and Buddha Records artists Gladys Knight and the Pips together with the beautiful ballad
"Everytime I See A Butterfly" written by Tiny Barge. Released on their album,
"The One And Only", the songs title was simplified to "Butterfly"
.


Butterfly
Album: "The One And Only"
Produced and Arranged by Tony Camillo
Released in 1978 on Buddah Records


Les McCann
Jazz great Les McCann's career began in 1956 winning a talent contest while in the
Navy and subsequently appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. After being discharged
he formed his own trio in Los Angeles. In 1968 when he performed at the Montreux
Jazz Festival with Eddie Harris, their live recording of "Compared to What" became
a Soul-Jazz classic. Not only is Les McCann the first major artist to record and release "Everytime I See A Butterfly", he has released both studio and live versions of the song
.



Everytime I See A Butterfly

Album: "Hustle To Survive"
Produced by Les McCann, Bert DeCosteaux and Tony Silvester
Arranged by Les McCann & Bert DeCosteaux
Released in 1975 on Atlantic Records



Everytime I See A Butterfly

Album: "Butterfly"
Produced by Richard Egizi
Arranged by Tom Scott
Released in 1988 on Stone Records


Everytime I See A Butterfly

Album: "Piano Jazz"
NPR's Marian McPartland with Les McCann
Released in 1989 for The Jazz Alliance



Maxine Nightingale
English born Maxine Nightingale began her performing career in school and quickly advanced to local clubs and recording. She then moved into theater and made herself known in the stage productions of "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Hair", "Savages" and "Godspell". Her 1975 debut release on United Artists Records, "Right Back Where
We Started From", made it to number two in the U.S. charts. The ensuing LP issued
in 1976 included the ballad "Everytime I See A Butterfly" by Tiny Barge
.
Maxine had heard Les McCann play the song in concert in Germany.
Maxine was, also, nominated for a Grammy for the Best New Artist.


Everytime I See A Butterfly
Album: "Right Back Where We Started From"
Produced and Arranged by Pierre Tubbs
Released in 1976 on United Artists Records


Donnie Kees
In 1975 R&B singer Donnie Kees recorded what has become, for collectors, the
hardest to find version of "Butterfly". Buddah Records pressed a 45 RPM disc, for
promotional porposes, with a stereo version on one side and a mono version on
the other. It is interesting to note that the Tony Camillo and Cecile Barker
production was for Peaches and Herb Productions, before they formed
their own CB Production company.


Butterfly
Produced by Tony Carmillo & Cecile Barker for Peaches & Herb Productions
Released in 1975 on Buddha Records


Sandra Feva
Vocalist Sandra Feva is revered in her native city of Detroit for her solo talent,
but internationally she is better known for her years as backup vocalist with
The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
Being signed to Tony Camillo's Venture Records label, Sandra Feva had heard "Butterfly" and in 1981 she convinced Camillo and his partner in CB Productions, Cecile Barker, to produce the song for her.
Producing "Everytime I See A Butterfly" for the third time in his career, Camillo
used a destinctly simular arrangment to the Donnie Kees version he produced
six years earlier.



Butterfly
Produced Tony Carmillo & Cecile Barker for CB Productions
Arranged by Tony Camillo
Released in 1981 on Venture Records


Bob Hurst
Colorado Country and Western artist, Bob Hurst, recorded his version of "Everytime I See A Buterfly" in 1983 and released it on Passage Records.
A year earlier Bob Hurst had regional success with another Tiny Barge composition, "Heaverly Eyes".
Both singles were produced for Passage Records by Tiny Barge and recorded
by notable engineer Rich Mouser.


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Everytime I See A Butterfly
Produced by Tiny Barge
Released in 1983 on Passage Records

Tiny Barge & The Big Chill
Recorded live at The Little Bear in Evergreen, Colorado, Tiny Barge and The Big Chill released their own version of "Everytime I See A Butterfly" on the bands long awaited live CD "At The Gig". A video clip of the song recorded in concert at Country Jam USA festival is presently posted on YouTube.


. Everytime I See A Butterfly
Album: At The Gig
Produced by Tiny Barge
Released in 2007 on Tidewater Records
Everytime I See A Butterfly (YouTube Video)
Filmed at "Country Jam USA" Grand Junction CO
Posted by Tidewater Records
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