Claude A. "Bennie" Benjamin (November 4, 1907 – May 2, 1989) was a Virgin Islands-born American songwriter. He had particularly successful songwriting partnerships with Sol Marcus, with whom he wrote "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire", "When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)", and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"; and with George David Weiss, with whom he wrote "Oh! What It Seemed to Be" and "Wheel of Fortune". Most of his songs were in the traditional pop idiom.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 4, 1907 (Christiansted), Died May 2, 1989 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1954
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter
Notes: Surname appears as both Benjamin and Benjemen on disc labels and U.S. Copyright Office files.
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-051262||10-in.||6/10/1940||Ashes in the tray||Dolores Brown ; Erskine Hawkins Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-064807||10-in.||8/25/1941||I don't want to set the world on fire||Skinnay Ennis Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-064975||10-in.||10/10/1941||I don't want to set the world on fire||Cats and the Fiddle||Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental quartet||composer|
|Victor||BS-067670||10-in.||8/25/1941||I don't want to set the world on fire||Mitchell Ayres ; Meredith Blake ; Fashions-in-Music ; Four Trumpet-Ayres||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||BS-067753||10-in.||9/5/1941||I don't want to set the world on fire||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-068445||10-in.||11/28/1941||Cancel the flowers||Mitchell Ayres ; Warren Covington ; Fashions-in-Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-071405||10-in.||9/25/1941||The clock is fast||Bob Chester Orchestra ; Betty Bradley||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-071764||10-in.||2/2/1942||I don't want to set the world on fire||Hit Paraders ; Mark Warnow Orchestra ; Barry Wood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-074380||10-in.||5/27/1942||Strictly instrumental||Bob Chester Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-074789||10-in.||7/29/1942||When the lights go on again (All over the world)||New Music [Shep Fields] ; Ralph Young||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-075421||10-in.||7/8/1942||When the lights go on again (All over the world)||Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-075440||10-in.||7/22/1942||When the lights go on again (All over the world)||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||E1VB-2156||10"||5/21/1951||Out of the night||Johnny Hartman||Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||E1VB-2157||10"||5/21/1951||Worry bird||Johnny Hartman||Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||E4FB-3598||10"||3/1/1954||Donne-donne||Nino D'Aurelio ; Terig Tucci||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Benjamin, Bennie," accessed January 17, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116787.
Benjamin, Bennie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 17, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116787.
"Benjamin, Bennie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 17 January 2022.
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