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Benny Payne


Benny Payne’s primary claim to popularity is the fact that he was Cab Calloway’s regular pianist through the singer’s excellent years, although Payne had an extended profession both before and after his association with Cab. Payne started playing piano when he was 12, functioning as an organist in a Philadelphia cathedral as an adolescent. He became a specialist in 1926, proved helpful locally, and was with Wilbur Sweatman’s music group for half a year in 1928. Excess fat Waller provided him some unofficial lessons; they documented two piano duets in 1929. Payne proved helpful as vocalist Elisabeth Welch’s accompanist, was an associate from the Blackbirds of 1929 present (with which he toured European countries), made an appearance in Popular Chocolates, and followed Gladys Bentley. Payne was with Cab Calloway from November 1931 until he previously to become listed on the Military in past due 1943. Although he didn’t solo very much, he was a significant asset towards the group and provided the big music group stability, furthermore to adding to the solid tempo section. After he was discharged through the Military, Payne rejoined Calloway until August 1946, caused Pearl Bailey, and got his very own trio. Beginning in 1950 he proved helpful frequently as pianist and musical movie director for vocalist Billy Daniels, mainly performing in the wonderful world of cabaret before retiring and settling in LA. Benny Payne, who documented being a sideman with Calloway and Daniels, just led one record time, a 1955 record for Kapp.

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Full Name Benny Payne
Date Of Birth June 18, 1907
Died 1986, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Actor, Pianist
Nationality American
Music Songs The Jumpin' Jive, Are You Hep To The Jive, The Lady with the Fan, The Ghost of Smoky Joe, Black Rhythm, Kickin' the Gong Around, The Man from Harlem, La Muruca, Mister Toscanini - Swing for Minnie, The Scat Song, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Minnie the Moocher, How Big Can You Get, Queen Isabella, Tarzan of Harlem, A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird, Crescendo in Drums, I'll Be Around, Boogie Woogie Dance, Reefer Man, That Old Black Magic, Willow Weep for Me, Cruisin' with Cab, Trickeration, Come on With the "Come on", Frantic in the Atlantic, The Levee Low-Down, Geechy Joe, I Got a Girl Named Netty, How Come You Do Me Like You Do, Chattanooga Choo Choo, One O'clock Jump
Albums Sunny Side Up

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Mr. Black Magic 1956 Short Benny Payne
Cruisin' Down the River 1953 Benny
Castle in the Air 1952 Daniels' Pianist (uncredited)
Sunny Side of the Street 1951 Benny



Sunny Side of the Street 1951 performer: "I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You"



The Billy Daniels Show 1959 TV Series Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1956 TV Series Himself - Pianist
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1955 TV Series Himself
All Star Revue 1953 TV Series Himself - Guest Pianist

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