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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


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

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The Boll Weavil Song - Hotel Happiness (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
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At His Best... plus (CD)
Brook Benton: At His Best... plus (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCCM532

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(2005/CCM) 14 tracks Epic/Okeh 1955/56 - first time on CD. Original recordings!
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Treasure Chest (CD, EP)
Brook Benton: Treasure Chest (CD, EP) Art-Nr.: CD870580X

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(PolyGram) 6 Tracks - Rare 1980s Canadian Extended Play CD with recordings from 1959-1960, including the two famous duets with DINAH WASHINGTON. Super sound quality! Cut-out.
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Vol.2. A Rockin' Good Way - The Songwriter
Brook Benton: Vol.2. A Rockin' Good Way - The Songwriter Art-Nr.: CDET1051

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(2012/EL TORO) 25 tracks - 16 page booklet.
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A Rockin' Good Way Vol.1 - The Singer
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(2012/EL TORO) 25 tracks 50/60s with 16 page booklet.
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Long Play Collection (3-CD)
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(2012/Goldies) 106 tracks, Stereo Edition - 6 original LPs on CD: It's Just A Matter Of Time Endlessly I Love You In So Many Ways Songs I Love To Sing The Boll Weevil Song And Eleven Other Great Hits I You Believe
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Rainy Night In Georgia (CD)
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Fools Rush In (CD)
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​(Aim Records) 16 tracks
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For My Baby - The Collection (CD)
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(2005/SPECTRUM) 18 tracks, 2 tracks with Dinah Washington.
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Rock And Roll That Rhythm (LP)
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(Demand) 18 tracks, recorded 1955-1964 for Okeh, Vik, Epic and Mercury!
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Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD)
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​(2013/Jasmine) 59 tracks
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Soft (LP)
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(Sounds Of Florida) 10 tracks - Originally sealed 1984 Brook Benton LP album
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Best Of Brook Benton (CD)
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(Polygram) 14 tracks, original Mercury
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This Is Brook Benton (CD)
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20 Greatest Hits (CD)
Brook Benton: 20 Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CD008346

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Brook Benton (CD)
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Rainy Night In Georgia (CD)
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Rainy Night in Georgia (2-CD)
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Eight Classic Albums (4-CD)
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(Real Gone) 94 tracks 8 albums on 4 CDs: It’s Just A Matter Of Time Endlessly Songs I Love To Sing I Love You In So Many Ways The Boll Weevil Song And 11 Other Great Hits If You Believe Lie To Me There Goes That Song Again
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The Best Of Brook Benton (CD)
Brook Benton: The Best Of Brook Benton (CD) Art-Nr.: CD552789

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​(1998/Spectrum) 14 tracks
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The Platinum Collection
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(2007/WARNER) 20 tracks, Atlantic recordings 1970-71
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Songs I Love (CD)
Brook Benton: Songs I Love (CD) Art-Nr.: CD986041

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(2003/VERVE) 12 tracks, 1959 - 1960, Paper Sleeve 24Bit Ltd.Ed. The original 1960 Mercury album on CD!
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Today & Home Style (CD)
Brook Benton: Today & Home Style (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDBK506

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(2004/DBK Works-Atlantic) 20 tracks. 1970 Soul/Pop monsters, produced by Arif Mardin. Sealed, new stock copy. (Bear Family Records)
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A Rockin' Good Way
Brook Benton: A Rockin' Good Way Art-Nr.: CDGD935

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