Monday, April 30, 2007

Brook Benton !

Born Benjamin Franklin Peay in Camden, South Carolina in 1931, Brook Benton found steady work making hundreds of demo records for such established singers as Nat King Cole, Clyde McPhatter, and Roy Hamilton. He co-wrote a number of songs with Clyde Otis. Together they pioneered a lush, violin-studded variation on the standard R&B sound, which beautifully showcased Benton's intimate vocals !
He first recorded under his own name for the Okeh label in 1953.
Benton signed as a solo act with Epic and had his first minor hit with A Million Miles From Nowhere on Vik. He went on to Mercury along with Clyde Otis and arranger Belford Hendricks, and it was at Mercury that he would meet with his greatest success.
He died in New York City in 1988 of complications from spinal meningitis.
Anyway, When Brook Benton sang, you listened.

Brook Benton:
* Hurtin' Inside *
* Lie To Me *
* Still Waters Run Deep *

Mr Benton with someone


Anonymous Anonymous said...

splendid, thanks

11:39 AM  
Blogger The DoorKeeper said...

"Hurtin' Inside" !!

Cool. I always thought that was an obscure Roy Hamilton song that I couldn't track down. Doh!


3:24 PM  
Blogger Scurvy said...

Great tunes there.

I did a little research on that picture, and it turns out the other guy in it was a singer too, and he had a few minor hits in the late 50's and early 60's. Elmer Preston or something was his name I think????

8:26 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanks !
I think it's Pat Boone no?

9:38 PM  
Blogger Jellie said...

It's Elvis Preston.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Jellie said...

It is Elvis.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Larry said...

Does any site show the session musicians? I'm trying to find out who played behind "Two Tickets To Paradise".


12:53 AM  

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