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Brook Benton

Silky smooth: that was Brook Benton's byword from his first record to his very last, as the singer parlayed his rich baritone pipes into seven number one R&B hits and eight Top Ten items. Stints on the gospel circuit preceded Benton's first secular session for Okeh in 1953, but his career didn't begin to take off until he teamed with writer/producer Clyde Otis. Benton co-wrote and sang hundreds of demos for other artists before frequent collaborator Otis signed his friend to Mercury; together they pioneered a lush, violin-studded variation on the standard R&B sound, which beautifully showcased Benton's intimate vocals.

Benton crashed the top spot on the R&B charts in early 1959 with his moving "It's Just a Matter of Time," then rapidly encored with three more R&B chart-toppers: "Thank You Pretty Baby," "So Many Ways," and "Kiddio." Pairing with Mercury labelmate Dinah Washington, their delightful repartee on "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" and "A Rockin' Good Way" paced the R&B lists in 1960.

The early '60s were a prolific period for Benton, but he left Mercury a few years later and bounced between labels before reemerging with the atmospheric Tony Joe White ballad "Rainy Night in Georgia" on Cotillion in 1970. Benton later made a halfhearted attempt to cash in on the disco craze, but his hitmaking reign was at an end long before his death in 1988. ~ Bill Dahl
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LOVE!!!!����
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️NICE ****
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I'm trying to find Brook Benton's Rainy Night In Georgia ! It is awesome!
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dmcquickly
Maybe Brook and Dino were one and the same. I mean, did anyone ever see them both n the same room at the same time?
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What's wrong with this picture ?After all of the comments about the error why is it that no one has taken the time to correct this error? Suzy Q
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juliro2
Why has this bio still not been corrected?
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Brook Benton, was the best in that smooth wording that made sence
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maringelli
This aint about Brook Benton, it's about Dean Martin!
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I agree michele!!!!! ! !
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I wrote an email regarding Dean Martin's photo showing up on Brook Benton's bio. Now they have conflated the two and combined the Bios. Maybe you should hire people who actually know something about music and American music history to write bios and edit the site...Pathe t i c ! !
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This man's voice is smooth. I love his big band sound
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Such a deep, mellow voice; very soothing.
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one of the greatest that came out of new york
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I love the way he sings FOOL'SRUSHIN
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hell i will write the bio if that's the problem. i love Brook Benton, he is velvet!!!!
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for real. brook benton is not dean martin. would one call this a genetic mutation?
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Brook Benton Had an un mistakable voice that was very well noticed for his quality, "There was none like a rainey night in Georgia." Brook Benton's voice was a classic.
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your genome has a biography of Dean Martin describing "the artist" Brook Benton.
Why?
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nikbat
Nice bug in the software Dean Martin bang! (does not equal) Brook Benton.
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Would like to read about Brook Benton done read this on Dean's station.
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So Smooth and tranquil, contagious
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Brook Benton and his classics makes any Sunday November morning...be a u t i f u l ! It's just...it's just...ahhhh man - no words describe the feeling that stirs the rhythm laying dormant in your soul!
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Please put in Brook Benton! This is Dean Martin! Jiminy Crickets! Argh!
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dwjackowitz
THis page is showing Dean Martin not Brook Benton. Can someone please change it? Thank you very much! ;->
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Is anyone listening!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Benton and Martin or Martin and Benton ---- I think that would have worked.
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frk_e_j
why yawl got Dean Martin's face up for Brook Benton. FIX IT!!
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Love Brook - loved Dino - sure would like to read Brook's bio, sigh
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mokeyleed
Maybe when Dean Martin comes up on a station you get a bio of Brook Benton...
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mmbonnet
Wrong commentary on Brook Benton. Dean Martin slipped in somehow????
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Picture of dean Martin do not look like Brook Benton
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tedbujalski
....never knew Brook was Italian..... .
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a BIG GOOF by the wonderful world of computers! Why is a picture/biog r a p h y of Dean Martin being shown as Brook Benton????
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Well, the below comments seem to cover what I was about to write... pretty funny...
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It appears that THE PANDORA MANAGEMENT has left the building. This is Brook Benton, not Dean Martin!
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stanlukezic3
I like both Dino and Brook Benton but there is a difference. Please fix this.
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Is it Brook Benton or Dean Martin?
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Isn't that Dean Martin? Was Brook in the RatPack? Do you hear us?
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fannie2kid
Why everytime you play Jackie Wilson songs a picture of Dean Martin appear..
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fannie2kid
I love this artist music but, you got Dean Martin picture instead of Jackie Wilson.
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jachearts14
Please, please make this correction! See more about this truly talented man at http://www.s h e w i n s . c o m / b i o . h t m
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jachearts14
Brook Benton was an extremely talented ballad writer and performer. I have tried to overlook this error, but now that I am trying to build a station based on his works, I find it necessary to point out to you that you have Dean Martin's face and biography where it should be Brook Benton's. This dear man was part of the early rip-off of black entertainers in the '60's, and after being down on his luck, he was just beginning to re-emerge in the US in the late '80's when he passed away. cont'd
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natalie.lewi s
dean martin is not brook benton...ple a s e correct this matter
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THE GREAT "BROOK BENTON" WAS MY FAVORITE SINGER BACK IN THE BUSY YEARS,HIS VOICE HAD SO MUCH HEART IN IT,LOVE THIS GUY AND ALL HIS SONGS,THANKS PANDORA
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Brooke will live forever! His music is great!
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bjdunning
you have Dean Martins bio on Brook Bentons site!
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Brook Benton had a record that was played on juke boxes in 1963. The song was Those Tender Years.
A beautiful rendention of a young girl and her love affairs in her tender years.
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brown4025
I grew up listening to B. Benton, his music moved me then and still does. Good music lasts 4ever!
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from the time i heard true confessions i was a brook fan cjdudley@yah o o . c o m
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He has to be one the best singers in our time. 55 years later his music still lives on! Pass the word on!
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I agree with Barry Jamison. Brooke gets right into your soul.
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