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Silky smooth: that was
's byword from his first record to his very last, as the singer parlayed his rich baritone pipes into seven number one R&B hits and eight Top Ten items. Stints on the gospel circuit preceded
's first secular session for Okeh in 1953, but his career didn't begin to take off until he teamed with writer/producer
co-wrote and sang hundreds of demos for other artists before frequent collaborator
signed his friend to Mercury; together they pioneered a lush, violin-studded variation on the standard R&B sound, which beautifully showcased
's intimate vocals.
crashed the top spot on the R&B charts in early 1959 with his moving "It's Just a Matter of Time," then rapidly encored with three more R&B chart-toppers: "Thank You Pretty Baby," "So Many Ways," and "Kiddio." Pairing with Mercury labelmate
, their delightful repartee on "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" and "A Rockin' Good Way" paced the R&B lists in 1960.
The early '60s were a prolific period for
, but he left Mercury a few years later and bounced between labels before reemerging with the atmospheric
Tony Joe White
ballad "Rainy Night in Georgia" on Cotillion in 1970.
later made a halfhearted attempt to cash in on the disco craze, but his hitmaking reign was at an end long before his death in 1988.
Bill Dahl, Rovi
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More Brook Benton
The Songwriter: A Rockin' Good Way, Vol. 2
The Singer: A Rockin' Good Way, Vol. 1
The Platinum Collection
Silky Soul Balladeer
For My Baby: The Brook Benton Collection
Rainy Night in Georgia & Other Favorites
It's Just a Matter of Time
Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) [Live On the Ed Sullivan Show]
Endlessly [Performed Live On the Ed Sullivan Show]
Shadrack [Performed Live On the Ed Sullivan Show]
Atlantic 60th Platinum
Fools Rush In [Collecting]
Rainy Night in Georgia [Collecting]
Christmas with Brook Benton
At His Best [Passport Audio]
Fools Rush In [Aim]
I Got What I Wanted
My Country/That Old Feeling
Greatest Hits [Collectables]
Hits & Rarities
Rainy Night in Georgia [Prism]
Decorate the Christmas Night
The Essential Vik and RCA Victor Recordings
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