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Bennie Benjamin

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Not to end up being confused with Motown drummer William “Benny” Benjamin, prolific songwriter Bennie Benjamin present tremendous success through the ’40s and ’50s, chiefly being a lyricist. The very first Virgin Islands indigenous to find achievement within the American music sector, he was created Claude A. Benjamin in Christiansted, St. Croix, on November 4, 1907. He was compelled to abandon early dreams to become a minister when his parents were not able to cover seminary tuition, and transferred to NY in 1927 to try his hands at music. He examined electric guitar and banjo at Hy Smith’s College of Music, and arrived professional careers with many lower-level orchestras and vaudeville groupings. He also done his songwriting, and afterwards went on to review at the esteemed Juilliard College of Music. Ultimately, he took a posture as an employee songwriter in a music posting firm, and have scored a smash correct from the container with 1941’s “I Don’t Want to create the planet burning”; co-written with Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler, and Eddie Durham, it had been a major strike for the Printer ink Spots. Working mainly within a trio with Marcus and Seiler on the following five years, Benjamin penned well-known music like “Totally Instrumental” (Harry Adam), “Once the Lights CONTINUE Again (All around the globe)” (Vera Lynn, Vaughn Monroe), and “Cancel the Blooms” (Tony Martin). In 1946, Benjamin struck up an extremely fertile partnership using the famous composer George David Weiss, which led to an instant succession of strikes over the following 2 yrs — “Oh! What It Appeared to be” (Frank Sinatra), “Gossips Are Soaring” (the Andrews Sisters), and “Confess” (a duet between Doris Day time and Friend Clark) included in this. They also had written music for the Disney cartoons Fun and Nice Free of charge and Melody Period over 1947-1948. Perry Como got a liking with their materials and documented a number of of their tracks during the past due ’40s, notably “I wish to Thank Your People” (1946), the chart-topping “Surrender” (1946), “Pianissimo” (1947), and “I Don’t Discover Me within your Eye Anymore” (1949); additionally, he and Benjamin co-founded a music posting business in 1950. Among Benjamin and Weiss’ biggest strikes, “I’ll Never Become Free,” found its way to 1950, in effective variations by duet companions Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kay Starr, in addition to Dinah Washington. That yr also brought “Can Anyone Explain (No, No, No!),” that was documented from the Ames Brothers so when a duet between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Maybe their best-known music was 1952’s “Steering wheel of Lot of money,” a big success for Kay Starr which was also documented by Dinah Washington, among numerous others. Further strikes adopted in “CROSS the Bridge” (Patti Web page, 1954) and “How Essential COULD IT BE?” (Joni Adam, 1955) before Benjamin and Weiss ultimately went their split methods. Benjamin reunited with Sol Marcus in the first ’60s, and composed several music for Elvis Presley in 1960 — “I AM Home Once again” and “Depressed Guy,” the last mentioned in the film Crazy in the united states. In 1964, jazz vocalist Nina Simone documented six Benjamin compositions — most in tandem with Marcus — on her behalf album Broadway-Blues-Ballads. One particular songs, “DON’T ALLOW Me End up being Misunderstood,” was included in British isles rockers the Pets for a substantial strike the following calendar year; in 1977, the melody enjoyed new lease of life being a disco strike for Santa Esmeralda. Benjamin began his own posting business in 1968, and was inducted in to the Songwriters Hall of Popularity in 1984. With the charitable base he established along with his wife, he was a significant benefactor of medication in his indigenous Virgin Islands, assisting to source both services and education. He passed on in Manhattan on, may 2, 1989.

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Date Of Birth November 4, 1907
Died April 20, 1969, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Profession Songwriter
Nationality American
Music Songs Take Me In Your Arms, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, What's Going On, Shotgun, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, You've Really Got a Hold on Me, You Can't Hurry Love, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Cool Jerk, The Flick, You Keep Me Hanging On, Mercy Mercy Me, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Bernadette, Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart, Funky Four Corners, Afro Twist Time, Winter Wonderland, Soul Sister, Heat Wave, Karate Boo-Ga-Loo, My Girl, That's How It Feels, Runaway Child, Running Wild, Funky Boo-Ga-Loo, Dance What Cha Wanna, The One Who Really Loves You, Higher and Higher, You're Mine, Ooo Baby, Baby, Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Movies Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Trainyard Dogs: Part I 2016 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Esmeralda Suite"
Brett Gelman's Dinner in America 2016 TV Short writer: "I Am Blessed" - uncredited
Wayward Pines 2015-2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Once Upon a Time 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fallout 4 2015 Video Game writer: "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire"
Rock the Kasbah 2015 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît 2015 as Benjamin Bennie Claud , "Quel beau jour pour moi"
Lone Star, l'estrella que va marcar el camí 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: "Comprensión"
The Abandoned Haunted Mansion of Horrors 2014 Short writer: "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"
Manhattan 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Iverson 2014 Documentary writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
The Voice UK 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2006-2013 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Mega64: Gamer Warz 2013 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing Stars 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ambassador 2011 Documentary writer: "I Don't Wanna Set The World On Fire"
A Novela das 8 2011 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Esmeralda Suite"
Funkytown 2011 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Esmeralda Suite"
t Schaep met de 5 pooten 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Luther 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shutter Island 2010 writer: "WHEEL OF FORTUNE" 1952
Logorama 2009 Short writer: "I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE"
Heroes 2009 TV Series music - 1 episode
Fallout 3 2008 Video Game writer: "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"
Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom 2008 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sopranos 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ask the Dust 2006 "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio 2005 lyrics: "Wheel of Fortune" 1952 / music: "Wheel of Fortune" 1952
Layer Cake 2004 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Esmeralda Suite"
The Banger Sisters 2002 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Later... With Jools Holland 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Iris 2001/I writer: "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"
L'uomo in più 2001 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
When Strangers Appear 2001 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
The Score 2001 writer: "I'll Never Be Free"
Blow Dry 2001 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood Esmeralda Suite"
The British Invasion Returns 2000 Video writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Englar alheimsins 2000 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Just Looking 1999 writer: "Wheel Of Fortune"
54 1998 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Oz 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kiss Me, Guido 1997 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
L.A. Confidential 1997 writer: "Wheel of Fortune" 1952, "How Important Can It Be" 1955
How to Make an American Quilt 1995 writer: "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"
Household Saints 1993 writer: "Wheel Of Fortune"
Wilder Napalm 1993 writer: "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"
American Me 1992 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Let Him Have It 1991 writer: "Wheel Of Fortune"
Spontaneous Combustion 1990 writer: "I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE"
Derrick 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Innocent Victim 1989 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" - uncredited
War and Remembrance 1988 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Nice Girls Don't Explode 1987 writer: "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire"
After MASH 1983 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Right Stuff 1983 writer: "Wheel Of Fortune"
We'll Meet Again 1982 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Bobby Vinton's Rock 'n Rollers 1978 TV Special writer: "Wheel of Fortune"
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
M*A*S*H TV Series music - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1977
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ecco noi per esempio... 1977 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Happy Days 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Summer Without Boys 1973 TV Movie writer: "When the Lights Go On Again All Over the World"
The Last Picture Show 1971 writer: "Wheel of Fortune" - uncredited
Dad's Army 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Johnny Cash Show 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
MASH 1970 writer: "When the Lights Go On Again All Over the World" 1942 - uncredited
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Go Go Mania 1965 writer: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Kissin' Cousins 1964 writer: "Anyone Could Fall In Love With You" - uncredited
Basin Street Revue 1956 writer: "These Things I Offer You For A Lifetime" - uncredited
Your Hit Parade 1952-1955 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Show Time at the Apollo 1955 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1952 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Oh What It Seemed to Be 1950 Short writer: "Oh What It Seemed to Be"
The Miniver Story 1950 writer: "When The Lights Go On Again" - uncredited
Passport to Pimlico 1949 writer: "I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire" - uncredited
Musical Merry-Go-Round No. 5 1948 Short writer: "Oh! What It Seemed to Be"
Melody Time 1948 writer: "Melody Time"
Community Sing 9652: April Showers 1947 Short writer: "I Want to Thank Your Folks"
Fun & Fancy Free 1947 writer: "Fun and Fancy Free" 1947 - uncredited

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