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Brook Benton
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    (September 19, 1931-April 9, 1988)
    Born in Lugoff, South Carolina
    Birth name was Benjamin Franklin Peay
    Recorded 'It's Just a Matter of Time,' 'Thank You Pretty Baby,' 'Kiddio,' 'So Many Ways,' 'Think Twice,' 'The Boll Weevil Song,' 'Lie to Me,' 'Hotel Happiness' and 'Rainy Night in Georgia'
    Recorded the duets 'Baby (You've Got What It Takes)' and 'A Rockin' Good Way' with Dinah Washington
    Died in Queens of pneumonia brought on by spinal meningitis complications at age 56
    He labored as a milkman before journeying to New York City to seek his fame.
    He went through over a half dozen record labels.
    His first record company made him change his name for no particular reason.
    He was out of demand when Beatlemania swept the nation (until 1970).
    He tried the disco craze, failed, then slipped into the oldies circuit.
    His gospel music roots helped him make the jump to pop and R&B .
    He wrote hit songs for soul legends Nat King Cole, Clyde McPhatter and Roy Hamilton.
    He wanted to record more songs with Dinah Washington before she tragically died in 1963 of an overdose at age 39.
    He has eight Top 10 single hits and 17 Top 10 R&B hits, including seven that reached number one.
    His last million selling record, 1970's 'Rainy Night in Georgia' (written by Tony Joe White) is listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of All Time.'
    With his deep, smoky, seductive baritone voice he was his generation's version of Barry White.

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