In 1968, the Oscar Benton Blues Band released its first album, Feel so good. In 1969, they released the album The blues is gonna wreck my life. In 1971, they released Benton ‘71. In 1974, the band changed members and also the name by becoming Blue Eyed Baby. Oscar Benton himself changed his stage name to Billy Boy Bishop. The Blue Eyed Baby released the LP Blue Eyed Baby… Oscar Benton began his solo career in 1981 Oscar Benton with the album Bensonhurst Blues which brought him to prominence in the world of blues. Dans les années 2000 une partie du spectacle du Crazy Horse « Lay laser lay », se déroule sur sa reprise de Bensonhurst Blues. In 2011, Oscar Benton released his CD album, Oscar Benton is Still Alive.
Needless to add here, none of the other versions of the Bensonhurst Blues manages to catch up with Oscar Benton’s 1979 version. Oscar Benton is a unfairly underrated singer. Indeed, he’s a poetic vocalist who can be compared to the bard tradition of George Brassens, Charles Aznavour, and Enrico Macias.
*You can also see ‘Oscar Benton Blues Band’ on Last.fm here: http://www.last.fm/music/Oscar+Benton+Blues+Band
Edited by In2TheBlues on 8 Mar 2013, 04:45
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