Benny Joy

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Benny Joy
Benny Joy musician.jpg
Background information
Birth name Benjamin Eidson
Born (1935-11-05)November 5, 1935
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died October 24, 1988
Genres Rockabilly
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1950s
Labels Tri-Dec, Dixie, Antler, Buck Ram, Decca

Benny Joy (born Benjamin Eidson November 5, 1935 - died October 24, 1988) was an American rockabilly guitarist and singer who released three singles in his recording career, and was popular regionally in Florida. As a result of the rockabilly revival in England, Joy's material was met with renewed interest.

Biography[edit]

Joy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, soon moving with his family to Tampa Bay, Florida where he was taught to play guitar by his neighbors. He performed on the local music club circuit, quickly gaining a reputation for his spontaneous dancing theatrics, and meeting contemporary guitarist Big John Taylor.[1] The manager of the independent record label TRI-DEC Records, Daz Dodds, was encouraged to sign the two musicians, which resulted in several demos accompanied by Taylor, including Joy's best-known song "Spin the Bottle" being released as a single in 1957 to regional success. Much of Joy's material from the recording sessions, which was mostly self-composed, such as "Little Red Book", "Hey High School Baby" and "Miss Bobby Sox" had a common theme revolved around teenage angst.[2]

In 1958, Joy switched to Ram Records, releasing his second single the Buddy Holly-influenced "Ittie Bittie Everything". Also during the year, He became one of the earliest rockabilly music artists to tour Europe as Joy supported the Platters, Barry De Vorzon, and Raymond Scott, among others. Joy followed it up with a similar tour six weeks later in the summer of 1959, by which time his final single "Crash the Party" was issued on Decca Records to both the U.S. and Europe.

Joy failed to have a breakout record and began working as a disk jockey and on the television program American Bandstand. He also became a songwriter, penning several songs for Marty Robbins, Jackie Wilson, Charlie Rich Burl Ives, Debbie Reynolds, Johnny Rivers, and Carl Smith.[3]

As a result of England's rockabilly revival, Joy's recordings are championed among record collectors. His material has been made more accessible as much of his recordings are featured on the compilation albums Crash the Rockabilly Party and The Benny Joy Story 1957-61.[4]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1957 - "Spin the Bottle" b/w "Hey' ... High School Baby!" - Tri-Dec
  • 1958 - "Crash the Party" b/w "Little Red Book" - Antler

Compilations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Benny Joy - Biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Palao, Alex (1998). "Crash the Rockabilly Party (CD booklet)". Ace Records. 
  3. ^ "Benny Joy, Never to be Forgotten". rockabilly.nl. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Crash the Rockabilly Party - Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Collector CLCD4401 (CD) (Netherlands, 1992) Rockin' & Rollin' With Benny Joy" Rockin' Country Style, 2010
  6. ^ "Crash The Rockabilly Party"

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