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Bennie Benjamin

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: songwriter, composer

Notes: Surname appears as both Benjamin and Benjemen on disc labels and U.S. Copyright Office files.

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Recordings

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  
Victor D6VB-3490 10-in. 12/19/1946 I want to thank your folks Perry Como Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D6VB-3499 10-in. 12/23/1946 Speaking of angels Tex Beneke ; Glenn Miller Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-0593 10-in. 7/7/1947 Fun and fancy free Phil Harris ; Phil Harris Orchestra Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-0924 10-in. 5/29/1947 When tonight is just a memory Perry Como ; Lloyd Shaffer Orchestra ; Lloyd Shaffer Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal group and instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor D9VB-2409 10-in. 10/12/1949 Wedding bells will soon be ringin' Main Street String Band Instrumental ensemble, with vocal duet songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Benjamin, Bennie," accessed May 24, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116787.

Benjamin, Bennie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 24, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116787.

"Benjamin, Bennie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 24 May 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116787

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