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Died On This Date (April 9, 1988) Brook Benton

Posted by on April 9, 2010

Brook Benton
September 19, 1931 – April 9, 1988

Brook Benton was an R&B singer from South Carolina who began his career in the late ’40s when he moved to New York and began writing songs for the likes of Clyde McPhatter and Nat King Cole. It wasn’t until 1959 that Benton scored a hit of his own with the release of “It’s Just A Matter Of Time” which shot up the #3 on the Billboard singles chart.  Benton’s last major hit came in 1970 with the release of of “Rainy Night In Georgia.” He passed away on April 9, 1988 from spinal meningitis at the age of 56, but not before charting 49 songs on the Billboard singles chart.

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