Benny Mardones

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Benny Mardones
Birth nameRuben Armand Mardones
Born(1946-11-09)November 9, 1946
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJune 29, 2020(2020-06-29) (aged 73)
Menifee, California, U.S.
GenresBlue-eyed soul, soft rock
Years active1978–2017
LabelsPolydor, Curb, Warrior
Associated actsRobert Tepper

Ruben Armand "Benny" Mardones (November 9, 1946[1][failed verification] – June 29, 2020) was an American pop singer and songwriter noted for his hit single "Into the Night,"[2] which hit the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart twice, in 1980 (#11) and again in 1989 (#20).

Early life and career[edit]

Benny Mardones was born Ruben Armand Mardones on November 9, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, Ruben Sr., was originally from Santiago, Chile, and he left the family when Benny was an infant and returned to his native country. Mardones had a sister, two half-brothers, and two half-sisters who live in Chile.

Mardones grew up in Savage, Maryland, and graduated from Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland in 1964. He joined the U.S. Navy after high school and served in the Vietnam War. After his discharge, he moved to New York City to pursue his singing and songwriting career, and composed several songs with writing partner Alan Miles.

Mardones began his career as a songwriter, writing songs for people like Brenda Lee and Chubby Checker. He demoed the songs he wrote and Tommy Mottola suggested that he record his own songs. From that point he wrote and recorded over 100 songs.[citation needed] Mardones' band was the Hurricanes.[citation needed]

Into the Night[edit]

Mardones co-wrote the 1980 soft rock hit "Into the Night" with Robert Tepper. The track was featured on his second album Never Run, Never Hide, and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum. Its success catapulted Mardones into the limelight, but he spiraled into substance abuse that resulted in his being dropped by his label Polydor Records. Though he eventually overcame his addiction, Mardones' career produced no other hits.

"Into the Night" charted a second time in 1989 when Phoenix, Arizona radio station KZZP ran a segment titled "Where Are They Now?", and Scott Shannon, then-program director for Pirate Radio in Los Angeles, added "Into the Night" to its playlist. Other stations across the country followed suit and "Into the Night" was once again a hit, peaking at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Curb Records signed Mardones and he recorded "Into the Night '89." The track appeared on his self-titled release that year.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On October 4, 2011, he married his third wife, Jane Braemer, originally from Denmark, and they resided in Menifee, California. Mardones had a son, Michael (born 1985), from a previous marriage.

Illness and death[edit]

Mardones was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000, but continued to tour and perform until the mid-2010s. In July 2018, he underwent deep brain stimulation to reduce his motor symptoms, but complications from multiple surgeries resulted in coordination issues that resulted in repeated falls and hip injuries.

Mardones died on June 29, 2020 at age 73 from complications of the disease.[3]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • 2007: Turning Stone Live 2006
  • 2008: Extended Versions (Live)
  • 2008: Turning Stone Live 2007
  • 2009: Turning Stone Live 2008
  • 2010: Turning Stone Live 2009

Extended plays[edit]

  • 1980: Live Sides
  • 1985: Unauthorized
  • 2013: The Lost Tapes


Year Single Peak chart
Adult Contemporary

CAN[6] NZ[7]
1970 "Stand and Be Counted" (released as Troy) Non-album single
1972 "Please Say You Want Me" (released as Troy)
"If You Gotta Break Another Heart" (released as Troy)
1978 "All For a Reason" Thank God for Girls
1980 "Into the Night" 11 12 29 Never Run, Never Hide
"Hometown Girls" 103
1981 "Sheila C." Too Much to Lose
1989 "Into the Night" 20 20 Benny Mardones
"I Never Really Loved You at All"
"I'll Be Good to You"
1993 "Two Worlds, Two Hearts" Stand By Your Man
1995 "Dream Baby"
1996 "It's All in the Game"
"Stand By Your Man"
2003 "I Know You By Heart" (Katrina Carlson with Benny Mardones) 25 Untucked (Katrina Carlson album)
2006 "Into the Night/Da Heat of the Night" (Conrad Hilton featuring Benny Mardones) Non-album single
"I Believe in Miracles"
"United We Stand" (featuring Teresa James)
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (featuring Tamara Walker)
"Please Say You Want Me"
"The Train Don't Stop Here Anymore" Let's Hear It for Love
2011 "Forever Hypnotized"
"From Me to You" Bless a Brand New Angel
"Everything That Touches You, Touches Me"
"Bless a Brand New Angel"
"Please Say You Want Me" Non-album single
"And Tomorrow Means Another Day That We're Apart"
"Into the Night/Da Heat of the Night" (featuring Conrad Hilton)
2012 "I've Got You"
"Into the Night (2012)"
2015 "Where Angels Fly"
2016 "Christmastime in Syracuse"
2017 "No Words for Love" Bless a Brand New Angel

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Singer-songwriter Benny Mardones, whose 'Into the Night' made it to the top 20 twice, dies at 73". Observer-Dispatch.
  2. ^ Grein, Paul (May 7, 1989). "Old Records Are New Hits". Los Angeles Times. p. 76. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Benny Mardones, 'Into the Night' Singer, Dies". Billboard. June 29, 2020. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "Benny Mardones Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "Benny Mardones Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  6. ^ "Item: 252 – Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. " – Benny Mardones – Into The Night". Retrieved February 5, 2019.

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