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”.


It’s Just A Matter Of Time – 1959 #3 Pop, #1 R&B Hit Record

Endlessly – #12 Pop

Thank You Pretty Baby – 1959 #1 R&B Hit Record

So Many Ways – #6 Pop, #1 R&B Hit Record

Till the next time—Joe