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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. 

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Brook Benton: 30 Greatest Hits
Art-Nr.: CDRMB75253
 

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(2014/IMC) 30 tracks

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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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Brook Benton: Rock And Roll That Rhythm
Art-Nr.: LPDMS090
 

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(Demand) 18 tracks, recorded 1955-1964 for Okeh, Vik, Epic and Mercury!

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Brook Benton: A Rockin' Good Way Vol.1 - The Singer
Art-Nr.: CDET1050
 

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(2012/EL TORO) 25 tracks 50/60s with 16 page booklet.

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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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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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Brook Benton: Brook Benton And Friends 33rpm, EP, SC, PS
Art-Nr.: AN_511103
 

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It's all about Mr. Brook Benton! El Toro Records from Spain shows you the best rockin' sides of him. This six track EP features him as a singer and his best compositions - with all you need for a great record hop! Orange Vinyl and nice artwork.

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Brook Benton: The Silky Smooth Tones Of ... 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDJAS687
 

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Brook Benton - The Silky Smooth Tones Of ... 2-CD

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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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Brook Benton: The Platinum Collection
Art-Nr.: CD799935
 

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(2007/WARNER) 20 tracks, Atlantic recordings 1970-71

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Brook Benton: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS744
 

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​(2013/Jasmine) 59 tracks

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Brook Benton: Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0478
 

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(2016/ Real Gone ) 31 tracks 1967-1972 with 12 page booklet. He's one of the all-time great soul balladeers, with 58 pop and 38 R&B hits to his credit, and his beautiful baritone is one of the most recognizable voices in all of pop and soul music, but Brook...

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Brook Benton: A Rockin' Good Way
Art-Nr.: CDGD935
 

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

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(2014/Jasmine) 62 tracks

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Brook Benton: Christmas Gold
Art-Nr.: CDCHRG009
 

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(1994/Delta) 11 tracks (33:58), 1970s recordings, few copies available!

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