Ben James Peters (born Greenville, Mississippi, June 20, 1933; died Nashville, Tennessee, May 25, 2005) was an American country music songwriter who wrote many #1 songs. Charley Pride recorded 40 of his songs and 4 of them went to #1 on the American country charts. Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.
- "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" (w/Vivian Keith); first recorded in 1967 by Duane Dee in a version which reached #44 on the Billboard country singles chart early in 1968, the 1975 version by Freddy Fender was a #1 country and pop hit; it won a Country Music Association Award for Single of the Year in 1975.
- "Turn the World Around" (1967) was a #1 country hit for Eddy Arnold.
- "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" was a 1971 #1 country hit for Charley Pride; it also went to #21 on the American pop charts. It won the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
- "It's Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer" was a 1972 #1 country hit for Charley Pride.
- "Love Put a Song in My Heart" (1975) was a #1 country hit for Johnny Rodriguez.
- "More to Me" (1977) was a #1 country hit for Charley Pride.
- "Daytime Friends" (1977) was a #1 country hit for Kenny Rogers.
- "You're So Good When You're Bad" (1982) was a #1 country hit for Charley Pride.
- http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/p-s/ben-peters.aspx Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
- Joel Whitburn Presents Across the Charts: The 1960s, Joel Whitburn, 2008, p. 296
- Billboard, January 20, 1968, p. 47