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210.  Brook Benton

With a resume of over forty five top one hundred Billboard hits; you would think that Brook Benton would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by now. The truth is, Benton has yet to even receive a nomination as of yet and be the first to show exceptional success yet befuddle the Hall as to whether he his Rock and Roll worthy.

The music of Brook Benton was as smooth as they come. His brand of Adult Contemporary branded Soul, Benton racked up an astounding string of success on both the Pop and R&B charts, and seemed to do so effortlessly. Maybe that was the problem, as since it all appeared to come so easy, he may have been the most successful music act who really didn’t draw that much attention to himself. Though he scored ample hits on the Pop charts, they didn’t seem to have enough Rock credibility to some. Though he scored just as many hits on the R&B charts, his music was too soft to have a dynamic R&B impact on future R&B stars. If the Hall considers him to have just enough Rock or Soul credibility Brook Benton would appear to be a lock. Looks like they haven’t give him that credibility yet.





The Bullet Points:

Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Camden, SC)


Nominated In:



Why He Will Get In:

It is hard to ignore that type of success.


Why He Won’t Get In:

Stylistically, he may not fit into the Hall.


Essential Albums:

It’s Just a Matter of Time (1959)

Songs I Love to Sing (1960)

The Boll Weevil Song (1961)

Today (1970)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

It’s Just a Matter of Time (From It’s Just a Matter of Time, 1959)

Fools Rush In (From Songs I Love to Sing, 1960)

Frankie and Johnny (From The Boll Weevil Song, 1961)

Laura (From Laura, What He’s Got That I Ain’t Got, 1967)

Rainy Night in Georgia (From Today, 1970)

Should Brook Benton be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.3%
No opinion. - 2.1%
No way! - 2.1%
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0 #2 Desanto846 -0001-11-30 00:00
He should definately be in, I'm not even a fan of R&B or Soul per say, but I can listen to that voice all day! Nobody can do "It' ;s just a matter of time" like him. It's funny that hit makers from the 60's like the Lovin Spoonful & the Rascals are in but someone like Benton can't get in!If there is a place for ABBA in the hall than Brook is a no brainer.
0 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
The weird thing about Mr. Benton is that there are many less successful acts in the same genre that are already in. His popularity is hard to describe of really how big it was compared to his chart success. Really I am saying how big it wasn't. he is not really remembered by those who don't love his music ( and here he does not have a huge faitful following) or music affecianodos who look at that chart success and say Brook who? I am sure many have wondred how a female star could get so big without being noticed. Just kidding. MR. Benton basically has the Perry Como effect that will make his enshrinement almost impossible. While others have been able to get a Ray Charles effect that propelled them to induction (write a song or two). Brook will always be considred arguably the biggest artist ever that nobody remembers either positively or negatively! And that is no way to get into the hall.

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