October 13, 2007

Brook Benton - Give Me A Sign (Epic Lp) '59

Brook Benton (Benjamin Franklin Peay) Has A Long Musical History

I love this guys voice. His nick name back home was;
"The Man With The God Given Voice"
I don't know if this name came over from the US but that's how he was called. Listening to this song you'll understand why, right from the start.
Brook, to me, is among the greatest voice that ever recorded. This song is from his Epic album "At His Best" from 1959.
The album and some extra songs are on this CD Only_1_Cent

His first solo recordings where in 1955. The story goes that Brook Benton recorded over 500 demo's for songwriters and recordings studio's (many of them for Clyde Otis) before he himself made it as a singer.
I've always wondered which songs he did and which singers recorded those demo's eventually. I hope someday these demo's will be found and put on a cd for all to hear.
In my search on information I found the following:

An Interesting Essay On Brook Benton by Dr. Herwig Gradischnig, this is a great essay. I can say I feel the same way about Brook Benton his voice and his songs. I could have written this :-). When you open this link, all the orange links at the top of the page, give you other interesting info on Brook Benton

The Song: Give Me A Sign by The Man With The God Given Voice

A Clip from the Movie Mr Rock & Roll

If Only I Had Known (Vik)


Anonymous said...


I don't think that link is working. I can't download this song. The next one worked, though.


Ben The Balladeer said...

Inge, I just checked. All links are working including this one. Had many downloads without complains until now.
Thanks for your support