Brook Benton was one of the most popular recording artists
in late 1950s and early 1960s, scoring over 50 hits on the
Billboard charts, and collecting 18 certified gold records.
was also a prolific songwriter having penned songs that
become standards, as “It's Just a Matter of Time" and
Benjamin Franklin Peay was born in Camden, South
Carolina, on September 19, 1931. Benton sang in his
as a child, and continued with gospel music into his teens.
By age seventeen, Benton left for New York City to try his
in the popular music business, and began singing on demo
tapes for aspiring songwriters peddling their songs.
He teamed up with another budding songwriter named Clyde
Otis and they had a huge hit with “Looking Back” for Nat