Ben Peters

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Ben Peters
Birth name Ben James Peters
Born (1933-06-20) June 20, 1933 (age 83)
Greenville, MS, USA
Died May 25, 2005(2005-05-25) (aged 71)
Nashville, TN, USA
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Associated acts Eddy Arnold, Lynn Anderson, Charley Pride, Freddy Fender, Johnny Rodriguez, Kenny Rogers, John Conlee, others

Ben James Peters[1] (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 68 of his songs and 6 of them went to #1 on the American country charts.[2] Peters was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.

Peters was briefly a recording artist himself; his only charting hit was his own composition "San Francisco is a Lonely Town", which hit #46 on the country charts in 1969.[3]

Number One Compositions in America[edit]

Other Number One Compositions[edit]

  • I Want To Wake Up With You as recorded by Reggae singer, Boris Gardiner (1986-1987). This song was #1 in UK for 6 weeks and went #1 around the world. (except USA). This song is one of the biggest hits in the history of reggae music.
  • "Living It Down" went #1 in Canada's country music charts. and it went to #2 as a Billboard chart country hit for Freddy Fender in 1976 in America.

Notable Compositions[edit]

Notable History Making Albums[edit]

  • Ben had 3 songs,"The Little Town Square," "That's A No No," and "Satan Place" on the million selling The Harper Valley P.T.A. album. This is a pop culture music album by Jeannie C. Riley released in 1968. This is Jeannie C. Riley's biggest album ever. The album was released by Plantation Records, and was very successful. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop album chart, and No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart.
  • Ben had 2 songs,"Mr. Mistletoe" and "Soon It Will Be Christmas Day" on The Christmas Album. This is a holiday music album by country music singer Lynn Anderson released in 1971. This was Lynn Anderson's first Christmas music album. The album was released by Columbia Records, and was very successful. The album reached No. 13 on the "Billboard 200" in 1971 (her highest chart position on that chart).
  • Ben had 1 song,"Daytime Friends" on the 4 million selling 10 Years of Gold album. This is a collection of 10 years of Kenny Rogers hits. The album was released by United Artist, and went No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart in 1977.
  • Ben had 1 song,"Daytime Friends" on the 4 million selling Kenny Rogers 20 Greatest Hits album. This is a collection of his hits prior to this project released in 1983. The album was released by Liberty Records, and was very successful.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2010-09-25.  Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
  2. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/ben-peters-492531.html
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn Presents Across the Charts: The 1960s, Joel Whitburn, 2008, p. 296
  4. ^ Billboard, January 20, 1968, p. 47