Brook Benton is one of the most successful R&B singer/songwriters of all-time. He has charted 49 Billboard Hot 100 hits and many R&B chart toppers between 1958 and 1970. His first charted pop hit made its debut on March 10, 1958…the single…A MILLION MILES FROM NOWHERE on Vik Records charted at #82.
In 1959 Brook Benton was recording for Mercury Records. His first charted single made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 26, 1959, it is the classic…IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME the single charted at #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, remaining at #1 for 9 weeks. The flip-side of the single…HURTIN’ INSIDE also charted, it reached #78 on the Hot 100.
The second single of 1959…another classic…ENDLESSLY made its debut on April 20, 1959 and peaking at #12 on the Hot 100. The flip-side…SO CLOSE also became a Hot 100, Top 40 hit, charting at #38. His third hit of 1959 followed the first two, a double-sided hit, on July 13, 1959…THANK YOU PRETTY BABY charted and became a #16 hit on the Hot 100 and Brook’s second #1 R&B hit single. One week later on July 20, 1959…the flip-side…WITH ALL MY HEART charted and became a #82 hit on the Hot 100.
Brook was on a roll and his next release on October 19, 1959 became another Hot 100, Top 10 hit, charting at #6. The single became Brook’s third #1 R&B hit of 1959. A fabulous year on the charts was drawing to a close…time enough for a Christmas single…on December 21, 1959…THIS TIME OF THE YEAR charted and reached #66 on the Hot 100.
Eight hit records in 1959. Two pop Top 10 hits and three R&B #1’s. Brook Benton was just getting started…1960 would be another great year on both the pop and R&B charts, more Top 10, Hot 100 hits (3) and three #1 R&B hits.
Brook Benton’s last Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit was his classic…RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA #4 in 1970 and #1 on the R&B chart…selling over 1 million records. Brook Benton passed away in April of 1988 at the age of 56. His music lives on in the, “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.
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Till the next time—Joe