Claude A. ("Bennie") Benjamin was a songwriter, often teaming with George David Weiss. He was born on November 4, 1907 in Christiansted on the island of St. Croix (Danish West Indies). At the age of twenty, he moved to New York City. There, he studied the banjo and guitar with Hy Smith. He then performed in vaudeville and with various orchestras, until, in 1941, he started composing songs.
In 1968, he became a music publisher, starting his own company named for himself. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984. He died in New York City on May 2, 1989.
With Sol Marcus, Ed Durham and Ed Seiler
With George David Weiss
with Sol Marcus
- "Always On My Mind"
- "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
- "How Can I?"
- "I Am Blessed"
- "Of This I'm Sure"
- "Our Love (Will See Us Through)"
- "Don't Take All Night"
All five above songs were written for and performed by Nina Simone on Broadway-Blues-Ballads (1964).