One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1987 – Jonathan Butler

“Lies” by Jonathan Butler

Jonathan Butler was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa during Apartheid. He started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. He began touring at the age of seven when he joined a travelling stage show, and eventually became a local teen idol.

Butler was signed to Jive Records in 1977. In the early ’80s he moved to the U.K. In 1987, he had his international breakthrough with his Grammy nominated hit single, “Lies”, which peaked at #27 on August 29, 1987.

He has not had another hit in the U.S., but does still have a loyal following in South Africa, the United States and Europe. He still records R&B music, as well as Gospel music.

So let’s Return to 1987, and see if Jonathan Butler’s “Lies” can lure you into becoming a fan:

4 thoughts on “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1987 – Jonathan Butler”

    1. I really liked this song a lot, and love his voice. Oh man, he’s going to a Jazz festival in North Carolina! To bad he wasn’t coming to the Newport Jazz Festival!! I’ll have to keep my eyes open.


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