Benjamin, Bennie, 1907-1989

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Dates:
Birth 1907-11-04
Death 1989-05-02
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Claude A. "Bennie" Benjamin, born in Christansted, St. Croix, Virgin Island in November 1907, relocated to New York City at the age of twentyand became a well known lyricist of popular songs from 1941 until his death in 1989.

Benjamin, Sol Marcus, and Eddie Seiler wrote the lyrics and music for "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire,": a song made famous by the Ink Spots. He also co-authored, with George Weiss, the hit song, "When the Lights Are On Again (All Over the World)." Benjamin and Weiss wrote the musical scores and lyrics for two Walt Disney full length movies, "Fun and Fancy Free" and "Melody Time." He was was both a co-owner with singer, Perry Como (1950) and later sole owner (1968) of his own music publishing company.

From the description of Bennie Benjamin papers, 1907-1992. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517932

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Subjects:

  • Popular music
  • Lyricists
  • Popular music--Writing and publishing
  • African American lyricists
  • Popular music--1941-1980
  • Scrapbooks
  • Music title pages

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  • United States (as recorded)