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Willie P. Bennett (born William Patrick Bennett 26 October 1951 at Toronto, Ontario - died, February 16, 2008, Peterborough, Ontario) was a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter.

Bennett was part of the 1970s folk music scene in Canada, alongside figures such as Bruce Cockburn, Stan Rogers and David Wiffen. His early albums were produced by David Essig. The recording engineer for his 1977 album Hobo's Taunt was Daniel Lanois.

While commonly regarded as a major talent, Bennett did not become as famous as his contemporaries until 1996, when Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson formed Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, a supergroup named for Bennett's 1978 album, to record a tribute album of Bennett's songs. Bennett's first subsequent album of new material, Heartstrings, won a Juno Award for Best Folk Music Recording.

Bennett also performed frequently with singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith, playing mandolin and harmonica.

Discography

* Tryin' to Start Out Clean (1975)
* Hobo's Taunt (1977)
* Blackie and the Rodeo King (1978)
* The Lucky Ones (1989)
* Take My Own Advice (1993)
* Collectibles (1996)
* Heartstrings (1998)
source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_P._Bennett

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