Article successfully added.

Brook Benton Songs I Love (CD)

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!
Please inform me as soon as the product is available again.

  • CD986041
  • 0.107
(2003/VERVE) 12 tracks, 1959 - 1960,  Paper Sleeve 24Bit Ltd.Ed. The original 1960 Mercury... more

Brook Benton: Songs I Love (CD)

(2003/VERVE) 12 tracks, 1959 - 1960,  Paper Sleeve 24Bit Ltd.Ed. The original 1960 Mercury album on CD!

Article properties: Brook Benton: Songs I Love (CD)

  • Interpret: Brook Benton

  • Album titlle: Songs I Love (CD)

  • Label VERVE

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2003
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0602498604151

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Benton, Brook - Songs I Love (CD) CD 1
01 Moonlight In Vermont Brook Benton
02 It's Been A Long Long Time Brook Benton
03 Lover Come Back To Me Brook Benton
04 If You Are But A Dream Brook Benton
05 Why Try To Change Me Brook Benton
06 September Song Brook Benton
07 Oh! What It Seemed To Be Brook Benton
08 Baby Won't You Please Come Home Brook Benton
09 They Can't Take That Away From Me Brook Benton
10 I'll Be Around Brook Benton
11 I Don't Know Enough About You Brook Benton
12 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) Brook Benton
Brook Benton It's Just A Matter Of Time Brook Benton It's Just A Matter Of Time... more
"Brook Benton"

Brook Benton

It's Just A Matter Of Time

Brook Benton

It's Just A Matter Of Time

 

As Mercury Records’ new head of east coast A&R, Clyde Otis lost no time signing his demo singer and occasional co-writer, Brook Benton. During the first session Benton and Otis recorded a song they’d worked up, It's Just A Matter Of Time. They’d written the song for Nat ‘King’ Cole, but Otis explained to Cole that he’d just landed the Mercury gig, and really wanted the song for Benton. The lyrics reflected Benton's frustration at his inability to score a hit as a singer. When confronted with his co-writer's frustration Otis would say, "It's just a matter of time, Brook." Otis ensured that it would appeal to the broadest cross-section of the market by employing a full string section.

 

However, there was a political dimension to the strings that went beyond merely broadening the base of appeal. "Historically," asserted Otis, "black artists wanted to record with strings because it had been something that had been denied them. The strings symbolized legitimacy. There weren't even any black string players working in the studios. When we organized Brook's first date I asked my contractor if there were any black string players. He said, 'Yes. They're working in Broadway shows and other pick-up jobs.' I said, 'Why don't they play record dates?' He said, 'Nobody calls them.' I said, 'If they're good, I want to see them on my sessions.'" Benton's intimate and crisply miked vocals looked back toward the relaxed ballad style of Arthur Prysock and Billy Eckstine and forward to the passion of soul music.

One of the selling points was Benton’s low notes. He was singing deeper and with more feeling than on any of his previous recordings for other labels. The low notes were a legacy from an early R&B giant, Percy Mayfield. Benton had first used them on his demo of The Stroll. After his vocal arrangement had been successfully co-opted by the Diamonds, Benton resolved to use the low notes on his own recordings and perfected his technique. Otis also ensured that Brook rehearsed his vocal part for days before a session so that many of the nuances could be honed to perfection. “The people at Mercury said it was too quiet,” said Otis. “Said it didn’t rock and roll enough. So I took it to a dee-jay, Doctor Jive, asked him to play it. He called back and said the switchboard had lit up. The people at Mercury checked it out and found it was true.”  In January 1959, It's Just A Matter Of Time entered the charts, topping the R&B listings and peaking at #3 on the pop charts.

Both Benton and Otis had been vindicated in the strongest possible terms. 

Various - Blowing The Fuse 1959

Classics That Rocked The Jukebox


Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/various-blowing-the-fuse-1959-classics-that-rocked-the-jukebox.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

Review 0
Read, write and discuss reviews... more
Customer evaluation for "Songs I Love (CD)"
Write an evaluation
Evaluations will be activated after verification.
Please enter the digits and letters in the following text field.

The fields marked with * are required.

Weitere Artikel von Brook Benton
Rock And Roll That Rhythm (LP)
Brook Benton: Rock And Roll That Rhythm (LP) Art-Nr.: LPDMS090

Item must be ordered

$17.75 * $11.81 *
Endlessly - Kiddo (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Brook Benton: Endlessly - Kiddo (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS) Art-Nr.: 45COL4219

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$11.81 *
The Early Years 1953-1959 (2-CD)
Brook Benton: The Early Years 1953-1959 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS784

Item must be ordered

$20.13 *
Jim Silke: Bettie Page - Queen Of Hearts (Hardback, Deutsch)
Bettie Page: Jim Silke: Bettie Page - Queen Of Hearts... Art-Nr.: 0017135

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$35.56
Kevin & Tanja Crouch: Sun King - The Life And
Sam Phillips: Kevin & Tanja Crouch: Sun King - The Life And Art-Nr.: 0017140

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$15.38
Robert W. Philliops: Biography...plus
Roy Rogers: Robert W. Philliops: Biography...plus Art-Nr.: 0018038

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$35.56
Werner Walendowski: Die Story 1960 bis heute
The Rattles: Werner Walendowski: Die Story 1960 bis heute Art-Nr.: 0018039

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$29.63
Blue Guitars (11-CD&1-DVD Earbook)
REA, Chris: Blue Guitars (11-CD&1-DVD Earbook) Art-Nr.: 0018040

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$59.36