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Taschenbuch - 434 Seiten - Music Mentor Books - 2015 - Englisch Brook Benton The biography by... more

Brook Benton: There Goes That Song Again

Taschenbuch - 434 Seiten - Music Mentor Books - 2015 - Englisch

Brook Benton
The biography by Herwig Gradischnig is based on an album of newspaper cuttings personally compiled by Brook Benton. These contain the singer's views on a wide variety of topics, as well as reviews of his work. Personal interviews conducted in the USA with members of Brook's family have also been included. A significant portion of the text is dedicated to detailed discussion of Benton's recordings and analysis of his distinctive vocal style.

The exhaustive discography compiled by Hans Maitner identifies over 660 known recordings by Brook Benton. In this, it far surpasses all others published to date, which generally account for only around 300. The book also contains many rare photographs made available to the authors by the late singer's family. The entire work was authorised by Brook's widow, Mary, and daughter Vanessa, both of whom were keen to see it published.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
HERWIG GRADISCHNIG was born in 1944 and lives in Oberaich, Austria. He studied German language and literature, history, philosophy and the history of art, and his dissertation on the writer Robert Musil was published in Musil-Studien. He also contributes to textbooks (his speciality is lyrics) and publishes academic papers. His main interest has always been music in all its forms and styles, with a particular focus on vocal technique. His reviews and critiques of popular and jazz recordings have appeared in various Internet forums.

HANS MAITNER was born in 1942. He is a retired banker and lives in Vienna. A music enthusiast since his childhood, he worked as a deejay in various clubs during the rock'n'roll era. In the early '60s, he turned his attention to blues, which became his area of expertise, and soon began promoting young home-grown blues performers. From 1970 to 1980, he presented the Living Blues show on Austrian radio station 03, and in 1976 produced the first record for EMI Austria, Boogie Woogie Session '76. He went on to supervise further sessions with Axel Zwingenberger, Big Joe Turner (in Los Angeles), the Mojo Blues Band, Joachim Palden and others. Between 1976 and 1988, he also acted as artistic director for the Stars of Boogie Woogie concert series.

Article properties: Brook Benton: There Goes That Song Again

  • Interpret: Brook Benton

  • Album titlle: There Goes That Song Again

  • Year of publication 2015
  • Sprache Englisch
  • Biographies & Memoirs
  • Einband Broschiert
  • Verleger Music Mentor Books
  • Artikelart Bücher/Books

  • Seiten 434
  • Größe 23,4 x 3,1 x 15,8 cm
  • ISBN-10 095626798X
  • Autor Herwig Gradischnig
  • EAN: 9780956267986

  • weight in Kg 0.78
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"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. 

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