/ATVís "Musical Notes" #22 - Brook Benton
Jul 25, 2008
Sony/ATVís "Musical Notes" #22
A fortnightly newsletter highlighting some of the many classic songs in the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog.
From Alan Warner, Creative Consultant
On his new Atco/Rhino album, Simply Redís frontman Mick Hucknall salutes bluesman Bobby Bland, and sings an emotive version of Brook Bentonís composition...IíLL TAKE CARE OF YOU
A list of Brookís key Sony/ATV compositions is in our latest newsletter.
IN THE SUMMERTIME
is the song written by Ray Dorset who led the British group Mungo Jerry to an international hit with it originally in 1970.
"In the summertime when the weather is fine
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
Now when the weather is fine
You got women, you got women on your mind"
Dancehall reggae singer Shaggy along with Rayvon revived the song in 1995 on his 'Boombasticí
albumí and it entered the UK chart that July, becoming a #5 smash success.
Reggae songs have often had chart potential in the summer months and are well worth reviving during the upcoming holiday season.
The infectious remake of Neil Diamondís RED RED WINE by British reggae group UB40 entered the UK charts in August í83, eventually hitting #1 there in early September. It was a hit for UB40 in the US but not until five years later Ė in 1988!
Stories behind classic Sony/ATV songs:
#6: ITíS JUST A MATTER OF TIME
"Someday, someway, youíll realize that youíve been blind
Yes darling, youíre going to need me again
Itís Just A Matter Of Time"
Co-written and sung by Brook Benton
"Itís Just A Matter Of Time" is one of a series of standout ballads co-written and recorded by the late, great Brook Benton. Born in Camden, South Carolina in 1931, Brook possessed a silky smooth baritone voice and, when produced by Clyde Otis at Mercury Records aided by swirling string arrangements by Belford Hendricks, he became one of the leading R&B & Pop singers of the late 50ís and 60ís. That song later crossed over and became a major country smash on no less than three different occasions: by Sonny James in 1970, by Glen Campbell in í86 and by Randy Travis in í89.
In fact, Alabamaís own Sonny James (known affectionately during his thirty year career as ĎThe Southern Gentleman") was so successful with his revival of "Itís Just A Matter Of Time" that he went on to top the country charts nine months later with one more of Brookís hits: "Endlessly".
Another song with proven success in various markets is the evocative "Looking Back" which gave Nat King Cole a Top 10 R&B & Hot 100 seller in the spring of í58. Check out how easily the song turns into a rousing gospel statement by The Blind Boys Of Alabama. Similarly, "Looking Back" also resonates over a reggae rhythm as in the version by Jamaican singer John Holt.
On a lighter note, Brookís folk-based "Boll Weevil Song" was a huge seller in í61. And Clyde Otisís pairing of Brook with the legendary Dinah Washington resulted in two unforgettable duet performances of which "A Rockiní Good Way" is outstanding; the two singers memorably trading not only lines in the song but also humorous asides. Bonnie Tyler & Shakiní Stevens successfully revived the duet in the UK in 1984.
Hereís a list of key Brook Benton songs published by Sony/ATV:
THE BOLL WEEVIL SONG (BB/Clyde Otis)
By Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1961) US #2 R&B, #3 Pop, #1 AC, UK #30
ENDLESSLY (BB/Clyde Otis)
"Higher than the highest mountain
And deeper than the deepest sea
Thatís how I will love you,
Oh darling, Endlessly"
By Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1959) US #3 R&B, #12 Pop, UK #28
By Sonny James (Capitol/EMI: 1970) US #1 Country
By Mavis Staples (Volt/Concord: 1972) US #30 R&B
By Eddie Middleton (Epic/Sony BMG: 1977) US #38 Country
Other versions incl: Randy Crawford (Warner Bros/WMG), Dobby Dobson (Trojan/Universal), The Upsetters (Trojan/Universal)
FOR MY BABY (BB/Clyde Otis)
By Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1961) US #2 R&B, #28 Pop
By Cal Smith (Decca/Universal: 1972) US #58 Country
IíLL TAKE CARE OF YOU (BB)
"I know youíve been hurt by someone else
I can tell by the way you carry yourself
But if you let me, hereís what Iíll do
Iíll Take Care Of You"
By Bobby Bland (Duke/Universal: 1960) US #2 R&B
BY O.V. Wright (Back Beat/Universal: 1969) US #43 R&B
Other versions incl: Mick Hucknall (Atco/Rhino/WMG)
ITíS JUST A HOUSE WITHOUT YOU (BB/Clyde Otis/Teddy Randazzo/Cirino Colacrai)
By Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1961) US #8 AC, #45 Pop
ITíS JUST A MATTER OF TIME (BB/Clyde Otis/Belford Hendricks)
By Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1959) US #1 R&B, #3 Pop
By Sonny James (Capitol/EMI: 1970) US #1 Country, #31 AC
By Glen Campbell (Atlantic America/WMG: 1986) US #7 Country
By Randy Travis (Warner Bros/WMG: 1989) US #1 Country
Other versions incl: Solomon Burke (Atlantic/WMG), Little Anthony &
The Imperials (Veep/EMI), Tammy Wynette (Epic/Sony BMG),
Timi Yuro (Liberty/EMI), Tom Jones (UK Decca/Universal)
KIDDIO (BB/Clyde Otis)
By Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1960) US #1 R&B, #7 Pop, UK #41
Other versions incl: John Lee Hooker (Virgin/EMI)
LIE TO ME (BB/Margie Singleton)
By Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1962) US #3 R&B, #13 Pop
Other versions incl: Larry Wren (50 States)
LOOKING BACK (BB/Clyde Otis/Belford Hendricks)
"Looking Back over my life
I can see where I caused you strife
But I know, yes I know,
Iíd never make that same mistake again"
By Nat King Cole (Capitol/EMI: 1958) US #2 R&B, #5 Pop
By Nat King Cole (Capitol/EMI: 1965 re-recording) US #27 AC
By Joe Simon (Sound Stage 7: 1969) US #42 R&B, #70 Pop
By Jerry Foster (Cinnamon: 1974) US #51 Country
Other versions incl: Sam Cooke (Sar/Abkco), John Holt (Trojan/Universal), The Blind Boys Of Alabama (Vee-Jay)
A LOVERíS QUESTION (BB/Jimmy Williams)
"Does she love me with all her heart?
Should I worry when weíre apart?
Itís A Loverís Question, Iíd like to know"
By Clyde McPhatter (Atlantic/WMG: 1958) US #1 R&B, #6 Pop
By Otis Redding (Atco/UMG: 1969) US #20 R&B
By Del Reeves (United Artists/EMI: 1970) US #14 Country
By Loggins & Messina (Columbia/Sony BMG: 1975) US #89 Pop
By Jacky Ward (Mercury/Universal: 1978) US #3 Country
Other versions incl: Lou Rawls & Phoebe Snow (Manhattan/EMI), Johnny Burnette (Liberty/EMI), Johnnie Ray (Liberty/EMI), Ernestine Anderson (Mercury/Universal)
A ROCKINí GOOD WAY (TO MESS AROUND AND FALL IN LOVE)(BB/Clyde Otis/Luchi DeJesus)
"Now that youíve kissed me and you rocked my soul
Donít come around knockiní rock and roll
ĎCause thatís A Rockiní Good Way, Thatís A Rockiní Good Way,
Thatís A Rockiní Good Way To Mess Around And Fall In Love"
By Dinah Washington & Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1960) US #1 R&B, #7 Pop
By Shakiní Stevens & Bonnie Tyler (Epic/Sony BMG: 1984) UK #5
Other versions incl: Priscilla Brown & The Spaniels (Vee-Jay), Bob & Marcia (Trojan/Universal), Peaches & Herb (Date/Sony BMG)
SO CLOSE (BB/Clyde Otis/Luther Dixon)
By Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1959) US #5 R&B, #38 Pop
THANK YOU PRETTY BABY (BB/Clyde Otis)
By Brook Benton (Mercury/Universal: 1959) US #1 R&B, #16 Pop
PLEASE DONíT STOP THE MUSIC!
Old & new Sony/ATV songs were featured in the recently completed 6th season of ABC Televisionís smash-hit show "Dancing With The Stars". Cyndi Lauperís TRUE COLORS (Steinberg/Kelly) was danced as a Rumba, Little Richardís rocker RIP IT UP (Blackwell/Marascalco) was featured as a Jive, Rihannaís DONíT STOP THE MUSIC (Eriksen/Storm/Hermansen/Jackson) became a Cha Cha, Colbie Caillatís BUBBLY (Caillat/Reeves) was a Foxtrot, John Mayerís SAY (Mayer) was a Rumba and Flo Ridaís LOW was also a Cha Cha.