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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|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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