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Encyclopedia > Bennie Benjamin

Claude A. ("Bennie") Benjamin was a songwriter, often teaming with George David Weiss. He was born on November 4, 1907 in Christiansted on the island of St. Croix (United States Virgin Islands). At the age of twenty, he moved to New York City. There, he studied the banjo and guitar with Hy Smith. He then performed in vaudeville and with various orchestras, until, in 1941, he started composing songs. A songwriter is someone who writes either the lyrics or the music for songs. ... George David Weiss (born April 9, 1921) was a songwriter. ... November 4 is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 57 days remaining. ... 1907 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Christiansted is a town on St. ... A separate article treats the several rivers known as the St. ... City nickname: The Big Apple Location in the state of New York Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - Land  - Water 1,214. ... The banjo is a string instrument, derived from the banjar, a stringed instrument of Caribbean origins, sometimes called the gourd banjo. The banjar, in turn was based on the African akonting. Some etymologists derive it from a dialectal pronunciation of bandore, though recent research suggests that it may come from... The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ... Vaudeville is a style of theater, also known as variety, which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... See also: 1940 in music, other events of 1941, 1942 in music and the list of years in music. Events January 5 - Ernesto Bonino debuts on Italian radio January 15 - Olivier Messiaens Quatuor pour la fin du temps is premiered in Stalag VIIIA in Silesia. ...

In 1968, he became a music publisher, starting his own company named for himself. He was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1984. He died in New York City on May 2, 1989. See also: 1967 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music Events January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City nickname: The Big Apple Location in the state of New York Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - Land  - Water 1,214. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Songs written

With Sol Marcus, Ed Durham and Ed Seiler

  • "Cancel the Flowers"
  • "I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire"
  • "Strictly Instrumental"
  • "When the Lights Go On"

With George David Weiss

Cross Over the Bridge is a popular song. ...

with Sol Marcus

  • "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood"
  • "Fabulous Character"
  • "How Can I?"
  • "I Am Blessed"
  • "Lonely Man"
  • "Of This I’m Sure"
  • "Our Love (Will See Us Through)"


  • "Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You)"

External link

  • Songwriters' Hall of Fame page (http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibit_home_page.asp?exhibitId=320) on Benjamin

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Benny Benjamin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (250 words)
William "Benny" Benjamin (July 25, 1925 - April 20, 1969), nicknamed Papa Zita, was an American musician, most notable as the main drummer for the Motown studio band known as The Funk Brothers.
Benjamin was influenced by the work of drummers Buddy Rich and Tito Puente.
Benny Benjamin died in 1969 of a stroke, and was inducted into the "Sidemen" category of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Jack Benny Summary (6380 words)
Benny realized early on that "if you want the laughs you have to put something in a ridiculous light, even yourself." Benny was not a gifted clown or a sparkling wit, so he and his writers crafted a well-rounded persona with the weaknesses and imperfections of his audience.
Benny may have been the first standup comedian, as the term is known, as well as one of the first to work with what became the situation comedy.
Benny had been only a minor vaudeville star, but he became an enormously successful national figure with The Jack Benny Program, a weekly radio show which ran from 1932 to 1948 on NBC and from 1948 to 1955 on CBS, and was consistently among the most highly rated programs during most of that run.
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