9 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After being discovered by Richie Havens in Woodstock, N.Y., Benny Mardones hooked up with The Rolling Stones' former manager/producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, for his debut album, Thank God for Girls, which went nowhere due to the label going bankrupt. One track from that album, "Hold Me Down," was re-recorded for the follow-up album, the Barry Mraz–produced Never Run Never Hide. This set also includes Mardone's No. 11 Billboard hit single "Into the Night," a tune that would chart a second time nine years later. Another track, "American Bandstand," paid tribute to Dick Clark and was performed on the show of the same name. Working with David Leigh Byron and Robert Tepper, Mardones wrote an album that brilliantly captures the sound of FM-radio-ready rock, circa 1979-1980, portending the coming power ballads and slick-but-raunchy rock 'n' roll of the '80s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After being discovered by Richie Havens in Woodstock, N.Y., Benny Mardones hooked up with The Rolling Stones' former manager/producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, for his debut album, Thank God for Girls, which went nowhere due to the label going bankrupt. One track from that album, "Hold Me Down," was re-recorded for the follow-up album, the Barry Mraz–produced Never Run Never Hide. This set also includes Mardone's No. 11 Billboard hit single "Into the Night," a tune that would chart a second time nine years later. Another track, "American Bandstand," paid tribute to Dick Clark and was performed on the show of the same name. Working with David Leigh Byron and Robert Tepper, Mardones wrote an album that brilliantly captures the sound of FM-radio-ready rock, circa 1979-1980, portending the coming power ballads and slick-but-raunchy rock 'n' roll of the '80s.

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About Benny Mardones

Singer/songwriter and Maryland native Benny Mardones made a huge splash with his '80s hit "Into the Night." The song made the Top Ten twice, a first for a solo artist. Originally from the 1980 album Never Run, Never Hide, the song was also included on his self-titled 1989 release. Though his subsequent releases like 1996's Most Requested Songs and 1999's Angel didn't have quite the same chart impact as his breakthrough single, Mardones earned a strong, devoted following for his raspy voice and down-to-earth songwriting.

Mardones reciprocated this affection, often visiting and performing for terminally ill fans. Indeed, his song "Bless a Brand New Angel" was written for a young fan who succumbed to cancer; this emotional, spiritual quality imbued Mardones's later work like Angel with a new resonance. In 2002, the singer issued Journey Through Time, a collective of new recordings of originals and covers that were important to him in his career, and intended to be a soundtrack to a film about his life. In 2006, after nearly a seven-year break from new material, Let's Hear It for Love was released on Warrior Records. ~ Heather Phares

HOMETOWN
Baltimore, MD
GENRE
Rock
BORN
1951

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