Known as "The Babbling Brook," this influential African-American songwriter and smooth crooner of rhythm and blues and early rock and roll achieved huge popularity in the 1950s and early '60s with "Endlessly," "It's Just a Matter of Time" (both 1959) and other hits, many of which he co-wrote -- then in 1970 he staged a comeback with his soulful rendition of "Rainy Night in Georgia." Item #36504
Unusual IPS, 6" X 9", n.p., n.y. [circa 1960]. Very good. Several inoffensive small tape stains at corners. Black and white magazine photograph, apparently from an entertainment publication. Lovely family portrait of a smiling Benton in suit and tie seated on a sofa alongside his wife, two children in the foreground. In a light area at upper left, he boldly pens in blue ballpoint: "The Best / of Everything to / Donald Burnell / from Brook Benton / thanks for being a fan." He also pens "Mary" across his wife's white blouse and the first names of his two children ("Bennie" and "Roy") on the front of their suit coats. A scarce autograph, and quite unusual in this form.