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The South Carolina–born Brook Benton was weaned on gospel, and it’s beautifully obvious. He's been favorably (and rightfully) compared to Nat King Cole; Benton actually wrote many songs for Cole. Benton's deep-gut voice conveyed real longing and verisimilitude, so it often sounds like he’s singing right to you. That impression is especially evident on his first big hits: 1959’s terrific “It Just a Matter of Time” and the same year’s “Endlessly” (both written by Benton and Clyde Otis). Benton had sass, too; just listen to his 1960 duets with Dinah Washington: the doo-wop soul crusher “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)" and the mirthful “A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)." The talky stroll of the blues traditional “The Boil Weevil Song” is a striking left turn here; it was a novelty hit in ’61. Other songs became ubiquitous in the early ’60s, such as the saucy “Kiddio” and the country-soulful “Lie to Me.” Benton might be best remembered for his massive 1970 comeback hit “Rainy Night in Georgia” (written by Tony Joe White and produced by Tom Dowd).

Customer Reviews

Jacky's Right

Jacky pretty much says it all. Lord how this man could blow! His voice is unmatched by anyone, although Nat King Cole comes darn close. For those of you who are not familiar with Brook's work, you're missing something special!

One of the the Greatest Singers of all Time!!!!

When it come to great male singers; the list is short!!! This man and maybe one other????! (Nat King Cole)????? End of argument!!! Case closed!!!!

Bobby Bee

Review of the hit "Fools Rush In" A Ricky Nelson remake but he couldn't sing it no more! So much so that I 'Opened' our 'Nite of Duo Love II' Concert (the Return of Lady Fantei) with it! 'Nuff said!!


Born: September 19, 1931 in Camden, SC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

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...
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