|Birth name||Emilius Wagemans|
|Born||18 May 1926|
|Died||29 March 2011(aged 84)|
|Genres||Pop, Musical theatre|
Early career 
Benny began his singing career at the end of World War II when he started performing regularly at a café in Sint-Niklaas. By the early 1950s, he had regular spots on radio, and released his first album, Mijn haart spreekt tot u (My Heart Speaks to You). In 1957, he had his first hit single with "Cindy, Oh Cindy", which reached #2 on the Belgian chart.
Eurovision Song Contest 
In 1959, Benny was chosen, with the song "Hou toch van mij" ("Do Love Me"), as the Belgian representative in the fourth Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 11 March in Cannes, France. "Hou toch van mij" received votes from five of the other 10 participating countries and finished in sixth place.
In 1961, Benny was again selected to represent Belgium, with the song "September, gouden roos" ("September, Golden Rose"), in the sixth Eurovision, which again was held in Cannes, on 18 March. Although the contest had now expanded to 16 participants, "September, gouden roos" only managed to pick up one point from Luxembourg, consigning Benny to a joint last-place finish with Austria's Jimmy Makulis.
Later career 
Benny had two further hit singles in 1963, "Waar en wanneer" (#3) and "Alleen door jou" (#5). He became a musical theatre performer and played in many long-running shows in Belgium and Germany.
In 2001, Benny suffered a stroke and fell into financial difficulties. A benefit concert on his behalf took place in Antwerp in April 2003, featuring the music of Richard Rodgers performed by well-known Flemish artists. In 2006, Benny celebrated his 80th birthday and claimed he was back to full health.
Private life 
In 2001, Benny came out as homosexual.
- Eurovision Song Contest National Finals database - 1959
- "Hou toch van mij" at diggiloo.net
- Eurovision Song Contest National Finals database - 1961
- "September, gouden roos" at diggiloo.net
- Biography (in Dutch)
- "deredactie.be: Vlaamse zanger Bob Benny is overleden". Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- "BOB BENNY (1959, 1961) DIES AGED 84". Oikotimes.com. Retrieved 29 March 2011. Text " OIKOTIMES.COM" ignored (help)
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