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Jo Jo Benson

Hailing from Phenix City, AL, Jo Jo Benson (real name: Joseph Hewell) started performing in church as a kid and, by age 14, was sneaking into golf clubs to sing on-stage with local rings. Although he toured with Chuck Willis and fulfilled such acclaimed performers as B.B. Ruler and Smokey Robinson, it had been a documenting from 1968, “Lover’s Vacation” (a duet with Peggy Scott), that led to Benson’s first strike single, eventually heading precious metal. The duo would launch two more strike singles on the next couple of years: “Pickin’ Crazy Hill Berries” and “Soulshake.” The set went their individual methods in 1971, but would ultimately briefly reunite within the mid-’80s for any now-forgotten reunion recording. Little was noticed from Benson until 1999, when he laid down several traditional soul songs inside a Birmingham studio room, resulting in the discharge Reminiscing within the Jam Area exactly the same 12 months. The recording (that was praised as “among the best possible spirit albums of the entire year — indeed, from the decade” from the Living Blues publication) mixed a cappella tunes with full-band plans with horns to some stark piano/vocal placing, and also included a duet with Scott, “Dark End of the road.” 2001 noticed the discharge of Benson’s follow-up, MANY PEOPLE REALLY LIKE to Cha Cha Cha.

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