Benjamin Franklin Peay, 19 September 1931, Camden, South Carolina, USA, d. 9 April 1988, New York City, New York, USA. A stylish, mellifluent singer, Bentons most ascendant period was the late 50s/early 60s. Although he began recording in 1953, Bentons first major hit came in 1959 on forging a songwriting partnership with Clyde Otis and Belford Hendricks. Its Just A Matter Of Time reached the US Top 3 and introduced a remarkable string of successes, including So Many Ways (1959), The Boll Weevil Song (1961) and Hotel Happiness (1962). Duets with Dinah Washington, Baby (Youve Got What It Takes), a million-seller, and A Rockin Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love), topped the R&B listings in 1960. Bentons warm, resonant delivery continued to prove popular into the early 60s. A versatile vocalist, his releases encompassed standards, blues and...
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