Sep. 19, 1931 Camden Kershaw County South Carolina, USA
Apr. 9, 1988 New York, USA
Rhythm and Blues Musician. A native of Camden, South Carolina, he was born Benjamin Franklin Peay. Known for his baritone voice, he is best remembered for his hit recording of the song, ‘Rainy Night In Georgia,' which also became a hit for other recording artists. Also a noted songwriter with writer and producer Clyde Otis, he began his recording career in the early 1950s while touring the gospel circuit. In 1953, he began a recording session with the Okeh Record Label, and that lasted until he met Otis. He co-wrote several hundreds of demos for other artists, and was a great success as a songwriter, but his greatest success was as a soul singer throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In 1959, Benton landed on the R&B charts with the single, 'It's Just A Matter Of Time,' and then followed that release up with several other successes including, 'Kiddio,' 'So Many Ways,' 'It's Just A Matter Of Time,' 'This Time Of The Year,' 'Fools Rush In,' 'Thank You Pretty Baby,' and the 1960 duet, 'A Rockin Good Way,' with singer Dinah Washington. He continued recording throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, with some more successes, and even recording songs in the Disco genre. His biggest hit was the 1970 hit, 'Rainy Night In Georgia,', which was released on the Cotillion Record Label. His albums include "Brook Benton At His Best" in 1959, "Endlessly" in 1959, "There Goes That Song Again" in 1963, "Do Your Own Thing" in 1969, "The Gospel Truth" in 1970, "Sings A Love Song" in 1975, "Ebony" in 1978, "Brook Benton Sings The Standards" in 1984, and "Brook Benton R.I.P. in 1988. His other recordings include, 'Shadrack,' 'Revenge,' 'Frankie And Johnny,' 'So Close,' 'Hotel Happiness,' 'The Boll Weevil Song,' and 'It's Just A House Without You.' Although he continued to record throughout the 1970s and 1980s his career saw little success after the late 1970s. He passed away from spinal meningitis complications at the age of 56, in New York City, New York. (bio by: K)
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JUST A NOTE TO YOU MR.BENTON THAT WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG AND STILL NOW THAT I AM MUCH OLDER,YOU WERE AND STILL ARE MY FAVORITE VOCALIST OF ALL TIME.I NEVER GET TIRED OF HEARING YOUR MUSIC.MAY YOU REST IN PEACE,AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU GAVE TO THE WORLD. -
TERRY Added: Apr. 18, 2016