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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 4th, 1907 (Christiansted), Died May 2nd, 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.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-047796 10-in. 3/11/1940 I don't want to set the world on fire Harlan Leonard ; Rockets ; Myra Taylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
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-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 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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Benjamin, Bennie," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116787.

Benjamin, Bennie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116787.

"Benjamin, Bennie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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