Fiddler Country US né le 8 Mai 1928 à Sparta (Tennessee). Benny Martin a accompagné Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells et Flatt & Scruggs. Il a fondé son propre groupe en 1954. Il est décédé le 13 Mars 2001 à Nashville (Tennessee).

Benny Martin was one of bluegrass music's premiere fiddlers and the inventor of the eight-string fiddle. Born to a musical family in Sparta, Tennessee, he made his debut on a local radio station when he was only eight. He played in a local band for a while and when he was 13 went to Nashville to work with Big Jeff & the Radio Playboys at WLAC. He remained with the group for nearly ten years, and also began working as a session man for Dot Records. Martin also recorded a solo album on the Pioneer label; one of his early singles, "Me and My Fiddle," became his signature song.
Frequently, Martin worked as a sideman for such performers as Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, and Flatt & Scruggs. He founded his own band in 1954 and also briefly joined the Grand Ole Opry. During the mid-'50s he was managed by Col. Tom Parker and opened for Elvis Presley 35 times. This was not a great time to be a country performer, and Martin began doing more session and sideman work than solo recording. In 1963 he had his only chart hit, "Rosebuds and You." In the mid-'60s, he briefly teamed with Don Reno and recorded a gospel album. Martin continued working behind others, performing at festivals and recording frequently on various labels through the early '80s, when his health began failing. Suffering from a condition known as spasmodic dysphonia, Martin remained retired for many years but re-emerged in 1999 with The Big Tiger Roars Again, Pt. 1, a star-studded tribute to the fiddler and his myriad contributions to bluegrass music through the years. The Big Tiger Roars Again, Pt. 2 appeared in 2001; Benny Martin died on March 13 of that year at the age of 72.

Talents : Fiddle, Vocals

Style musical : Gospel / Progressive Bluegrass / Traditional Bluegrass / Country Gospel

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SOLDIER'S PRAYER IN VIETNAM (1965) (Benny Martin & Don Reno)

DOWN YONDER (19??) (Benny Martin & Buddy Spicher)

SALTY DOG BLUES (19??) (Benny Martin & Josh Graves)

WABASH CANNONBALL (19??)

DUELING FIDDLES (1976) (with Johnny Gimble)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

02/1951 78 t. MGM 10912 (US) . Where Is Your Heart Tonight? / Midnight Flyer
02/1951 SP MGM K 10912 (US) . Where Is Your Heart Tonight? / Midnight Flyer
01/1952 78 t. MGM 11138 (US) . Benny MARTIN - The Thirteenth Of May / Trying To Chase These Blues Away
01/1952 SP MGM K 11138 (US) . Benny MARTIN - The Thirteenth Of May / Trying To Chase These Blues Away
10/1954 SP MERCURY 70476-X45 (US) . The Secret Of Your Heart / (I Can) Read Between The Lines
11/1954 SP MERCURY 70508-X45 (US) . Me And My Fiddle / The Law Of My Heart
03/1955 SP MERCURY 70560-X45 (US) . You Know That I Know / Ice Cold Love
05/1955 78 t. MERCURY 70631 (US) . That's What I'll Do To You / Give Me One More Chance
05/1955 SP MERCURY 70631-X45 (US) . That's What I'll Do To You / Give Me One More Chance
07/1955 SP MERCURY 70664-X45 (US) . Take My Word / Who Put Those Tears In Your Eyes
11/1955 SP MERCURY 70731-X45 (US) . Yes, It's True / I'm Right And You're Wrong
02/1956 SP MERCURY 70794-X45 (US) . If I Didn't Have A Conscience / You're Guilty, Darlin'
06/1956 78 t. MERCURY 70883 (US) . Whip-Poor-Will / Lover Of The Town
06/1956 SP MERCURY 70883-X45 (US) . Whip-Poor-Will / Lover Of The Town
03/1957 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-6855 (US) . That's The Story Of My Life / Look What You've Done
03/1957 SP RCA VICTOR 47-6855 (US) . That's The Story Of My Life / Look What You've Done
08/1957 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-7003 (US) . The Torch Of Love / I Saw Your Face In The Moon
08/1957 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7003 (US) . The Torch Of Love / I Saw Your Face In The Moon
11/1957 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-7100 (US) . Phoebe Snow / Do Me A Favor
11/1957 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7100 (US) . Phoebe Snow / Do Me A Favor
1958 SP GULF REEF GR-1005 (US) . The Man Next Door / Thinking About Love
08/1958 SP DECCA 9-30712 (US) . Border Baby / My Fortune
07/1959 SP DECCA 9-30935 (US) . The Untrue You / If I Can Stay Away Long Enough
02/1960 SP DECCA 9-31050 (US) . Top Gun / Going Down This Road
07/1960 SP STARDAY 45-507 (US) . Her Baby Girl / Hobo
11/1960 SP STARDAY 45-519 (US) . A Dime’s Worth Of Dreams / Pretty Girl
1960 EP STARDAY SEP-189 (US) Strike Up The Bow (Benny MARTIN) / Barn Dance Jubilee (Benny MARTIN) / Country Music Time (Benny MARTIN) / Opry Fiddler's Blues (Chubby WISE & The RAINBOW RANCH BOYS) / Cacklin' Hen (Chubby WISE & The RAINBOW RANCH BOYS) / Whistlin' Rufus (Chubby WISE & The RAINBOW RANCH BOYS)
03/1961 SP STARDAY 45-536 (US) . You Are The One / No One But You
04/1963 SP STARDAY 623 (US) . Rosebuds And You / Down In The Shinnery
10/1963 SP STARDAY 646 (US) . Down In The Shinnery / Two Take Away, One Equals Lonesome
12/1964 SP STARDAY 705 (US) . The Other Me / Stick Your Finger In A Glass Of Water
04/1965 SP STARDAY 7024 (US) . Gooseball Brown / Radar Blues
07/1965 SP STARDAY 725 (US) . Weekend Willie / One Way Or The Other
12/1965 SP STARDAY 743 (US) . Hello City Limits / I'll Never Get Over Loving You
1965 SP ANTENNA 6436 (US) . Don RENO & Benny MARTIN - Five By Eight / Soldier's Prayer In Vietnam
11/1965 SP MONUMENT 45-912 (US) . Don RENO & Benny MARTIN - Five By Eight / Soldier's Prayer In Vietnam
03/1966 SP MONUMENT 45-931 (US) . Don RENO & Benny MARTIN - Too Bad That You're No Good For Me / You Can't Make A Heel Toe The Mark
1966 SP ASTRO 109 (US) . Darling Goodbye / This Is Why I Love You
1967 SP JAB 45-9002 (US) . I'm A Father Alone / Salvation Army
12/1967 SP STOP ST-146 (US) . Who Wants To Catch Falling Star / Ice Cold Heart
06/1968 SP STOP ST-182 (US) . If I Can Stay Away Long Enough / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
04/1969 SP STOP ST-262 (US) . Here's 30.000 Unmarried Women / Old London Town
196? SP FIDDLE & BOW 755 (US) . Benny MARTIN & Rudy LYLE - Me And My Fiddle / Orange Blossom Special
1971 SP K-ARK K 1011 (US) . Brother In War / Chico Gonzales O'Greer
01/1973 SP MGM K 14485 (US) . Mona Lisa / When She Cries
05/1973 SP MGM K 14556 (US) . From A Blond To A Redhead / His Burdens Are Greater Than Mine
1976 SP CMH CMH-1506 (US) . Dueling Fiddles / Lara's Theme
1978 SP PHONO 2667 (?) . Ole Time Woman / Ole Timey Song
1980 SP CMH CMH-1536 (US) . Don't Go To Sleep On The Road / Touch Of The Fiddle







Albums

01/1961 LP 12" STARDAY SLP-131 (US) COUNTRY MUSIC'S SENSATIONAL ENTERTAINERS - Me And My Fiddle / Her Baby Girl / Hobo / Carry Me Home / Fiddlers Waltz / I've Got A Reason / Big Tiger Special / Pretty Girl / A Dime’s Worth Of Dreams / You Are The One / No One But You / Clouds Without Water / Out-Cast / Tennessee Rag
12/1964 LP 12" WING MGW-12289-W (mono) / SRW-16289-W (stereo) (US) OLD TIME FIDDLIN' AND SINGIN' - Coming Attractions / Me And My Fiddle / (By The) Law Of My Heart / To Cry The Blues Each Day / Slim Chance / Lover Of The Town / I'm Right And You're Wrong / Girls, Girls / I'm Checking Out / Take My Word
1965 LP 12" HILLTOP JM-6034 (mono) / JS-6034 (stereo) (US) THE NASHVILLE SOUND OF MODERN COUNTRY MUSIC - BENNY MARTIN & BOBBY SYKES -Her Baby Girl (Benny MARTIN) / I'm Gonna Cry (Benny MARTIN) / Big Footed Dan (Benny MARTIN) / Big Tiger Ramble (Benny MARTIN) / Dimes Worth Of Dreams (Benny MARTIN) / Good Girl Bad (Bobby SYKES) / Long Lonesome Road (Bobby SYKES) / I Should Start Running (Bobby SYKES) / Run Johnny Run (Bobby SYKES) / A Place For Girls Like You (Bobby SYKES)
1965 LP 12" CABIN CREEK 204 (US)
GOSPEL SONGS FROM CABIN CREEK - Don RENO & Benny MARTIN - Glory To His Name / Keep On The Sunny Side / I'll Live On / Old Rugged Cross / Hold Fast To The Right / Little White Church / I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer / Sweet Bye And Bye / He Will Set Your Fields Afire / Lonesome Valley / I'll Fly Away / What A Friend We Have In Jesus / What Would You Give In Exchange / Hold To God's Unchanging Hand / Take Up Thy Cross / Won't It Be Wonderful There / That Beautiful Picture / Swing Low Sweet Chariot / Where He Leads Me I Will Follow / Chapel In The Valley
1973 LP 12" POWER PAK PO-223 (US) THE GREATEST HITS OF BENNY MARTIN - Me And My Fiddle / Crackin' Country Corn / Sinful Cinderella / If I Can Stay Away Long Enough / Old London Town / Three Hundred Thousand Unmarried Women / Orange Blossom Special / Rosebuds And You / Fireball / Ice Cold Love / Falling Star / Always Need Me
1974 LP 12" LAMB & LION LLC-4003 (US) ROLLIN' - Me And My Fiddle / Queen Of The Bluegrass / Wino Fiddle Man / Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms / The Bush And The Rose / Long Hollow / Ice Cold Love / One Drink Is Too Many / Lester, Bill And Earl / I'm On My Way / Milwaukee Here I Come / God's Little People
1975 LP 12" FLYING FISH FF-012 (US) TENNESSEE JUBILEE - BENNY MARTIN WITH HIS GUESTS JOHN HARFORD, LESTER FLATT & MANY MORE - Lester, Bill And Earl / Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Windows Of My Mind / Will You Be Lonesome Too? / Someone Took My Place With You / Six White Horses / Bonaparte's Retreat / Smell Good On Sunday / That's A Good Enough Reason / Pig In The Pen / If I Had My Life To Live Over / Ice Cold Love / One Drink Is Too Many / Crag Rock Pass
10/1976 LP 12" CMH CMH-9006 (US) FIDDLE COLLECTION - Mule Skinner Blues / Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / Alabama Jubilee / Home Sweet Home / Little Footprints In The Snow / Georgiana Moon / Back Up And Push / Flint Hill Special / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Bile 'em Cabbage Down / Salty Dog Blues / Fiddler's Dream / Dueling Fiddles / Lara's Theme / Black Mountain Rag / Under The Double Eagle / How Will I Explain About You / Beautiful Dreamer / Foggy Mountain Breakdown / Ragtime Annie / Fire On The Mountain / Bury Me Beneath The Willow / Cotton Eyed Joe / Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Night Train To Memphis
11/1977 LP 12" CMH CMH-6218 (US) TURKEY IN THE GRASS - BENNY MARTIN & THE ELECTRIC TURKEYS - Turkey In The Grass / I Love You A Thousand Ways / Freight Train / Dixie On My Mind / Wash 'n' Wear Conscience / Poison Love / Oh Baby Mine / Who's Gonna Hold You When I'm Gone / Mocking Bird Hill / Always Late / I Can Hear The Hallelujahs In The Air
09/1979 LP 12" FLYING FISH FF-095 (US) SLUMBERIN' ON THE CUMBERLAND - John HARTFORD, Pat BURTON, Benny MARTIN - Slumberin' On The Cumberland / Greenback Dollar / Careless Love / Love In Vain / If I Can Stay Always Long Enough / Hillman / Southern Moon / I Can Read Between The Lines In Your Letters / Blue Writin' On White Paper / First Fall Of Snow / Fiddle Faddle / Go Fall Asleep Now
11/1979 2 LP 12" CMH CMH-9019 (US) BIG DADDY OF THE FIDDLE & BOW :
DISC 1 : The Star Spangled Banner / I'll Go Steppin' Too / Nobody's Darlin' But Mine / Benny's Waltz / Feelin' Good / East Nashville Robbery / Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Beneath The Old Rugged Cross / 1814 / Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
DISC 2 : East Nashville Robbery / Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Beneath The Old Rugged Cross / 1814 / Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star / Cruisin' On The Blue Danube / Dim Lights, Thick Smoke / When I Grow Too Old To Dream / Fiddler's Birthday Party / Golden Slippers / Whispering Hope / Payday In The Army / Canaan Land (I'm On My Way) / God Bless America
1980 LP 12" MARATHON 76057 (CAN) SOUTHERN BLUEGRASS FIDDLE - Twinkle Little Star / Pig In The Pen / Fire On The Mountain / Back Up And Push / Bonaparte's Retreat / Fiddler's Dream / Regina Lee Waltz / Katie Hill / Crag Rock Tennessee / Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / Orange Blossom Special
1988 2 LP 12" CMH CMH-9025 (US) THE GREAT AMERICAN FIDDLE COLLECTION - Buddy SPICHER & Benny MARTIN - Liberty / Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / Hornpipe Medley / If I Should Wander Back Tonight / Nashville Girls / Georgiana Moon /San Antonio Rose / Bitter Creek /I'll Be All Smiles Tonight / Lee Highway Blues / Old Joe Coon / Down In Union County / Silver Bell - Red Wing / Wabash Cannonball / Forked Deer / Tennessee Waltz / Secret Love / Put Your Little Foot / Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Down Yonder / Someone Took My Place With You / Life In The Finland Woods / Soldier's Joy / Love Letters In The Sand / Over The Rainbow.
1994 LP 12" COWGIRLBOY LP-5137 (GER) STAR OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY - I'm Right And You're Wrong / Who Put Those Tears In My Eyes / The Thirteenth Of May / Tryin' To Chase These Blues Away / You Know That I Know / Yes, It's True / (Little Darlin') Give Me One More Chance / You're Guilty Darling / Ice Cold Love / That's What I'll Do To You / If I Didn't Have A Conscience / Take My Word / The Lover Of The Town / Whippoorwill / True Christmas / Border Baby
1999 CD RED SUNDOWN 1941 (US) BENNY MARTIN'S GREATEST SOUNDS - Me And My Fiddle / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / Benny's Mama / Another World Ago / It's My Lies / Benny Martin's Style / Dancin' Fiddle Waltz / Benny's Tennessee Rock / Texas Dancin' Boots / Slipping Around
10/1999 CD OMS 25010-2 (US) THE "BIG TIGER" ROARS AGAIN - PART 1 - A TRIBUTE TO BENNY MARTIN - Good Enough Reason (Terry ELDRIDGE) / Checkin' Out On You (Del McCOURY) / Where Is Your Heart Tonight (John HARTFORD) / Blue Writing On White Paper (Benny MARTIN) / The Right Melody (Laura WEBER, Mike MARTIN, Benny MARTIN) / Ice Cold Love (Buck WHITE) / Money Up Front (John HARTFORD - Benny MARTIN) / Secret Of Your Heart (Crystal GAYLE) / Father Alone (Johnny RUSSELL) / I Can Read Between The Lines (JIM & JESSE) / Will I Ever Be Happy Being Lonesome (Benny MARTIN) / If I Could Stay Away Long Enough (Vince GILL) / You Know That I Know (Bobby OSBORNE) / Lover Of The Town (Tom T. HALL)
12/1999 CD RED SUNDOWN 1936 (US) LOVER OF THE TOWN - Ice Cold Love / Slim Chance / Lover Of The Town / From A Blonde To A Redhead / Girls, Girls / Me And My Fiddle / Take My Word / I'm Right And You're Wrong / Read Between The Lines / Who Put Those Tears / Orange Blossom Special / Secret Of Your Heart
11/2001 CD OMS 25080-2 (US) THE "BIG TIGER" ROARS AGAIN - PART 2 - One Way Or The Other / Each Day / On My Way / Me And My Fiddle / Slim Chance / Another World Ago / Too Careless To Know / Five By Eight / Tennessee Moon / Hillman / Two O'Clock
2007 CD CMH CMH CD-9452 (US) FIDDLE COLLECTION - Mule Skinner Blues / Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / Alabama Jubilee / Home Sweet Home / Little Footprints In The Snow / Georgiana Moon / Back Up And Push / Flint Hill Special / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Bile 'em Cabbage Down / Salty Dog Blues / Fiddler's Dream / Dueling Fiddles / Lara's Theme / Black Mountain Rag / Under The Double Eagle / How Will I Explain About You / Beautiful Dreamer / Foggy Mountain Breakdown / Ragtime Annie / Fire On The Mountain / Bury Me Beneath The Willow / Cotton Eyed Joe / Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Night Train To Memphis / Freight Train Blues / Cruisin' On The Blue Danube / Lee Highway Blues
2010 CD BACM CD D 298 (UK) JUST ME AND MY FIDDLE - Just Me And My Fiddle / So Blue To Cry / Untrue You / If I Can Stay Away Long Enough / Take My Word / Who Put Those Tears In Your Eyes / Yes It's True / I'm Right And You're Wrong / If I Didn't Have A Conscience / You're Guilty Darlin' / Do Me A Favour / Hoebe Snow / The Thirteenth Of May / Tryin' To Chase These Blues Away / Girls, Girls / I'm Checkin' Out / Coming Attractions / By The Law Of My Heart / To Cry The Blues Each Day / Goin' Down The Road / Top Gun / Little Darlin' Give Me One More Chance / That's What I'll Do To You / Border Baby / My Fortune
2011 CD GUSTO GT7 2119-2 (US) BLUEGRASS FIDDLE - 22 FAVORITES - Rosebuds And You / Hello City Limits / Fireball / 300,000 Unmarried Women In Georgia / Tennessee Rag / Barn Dance Jubilee / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / Fiddle In The Bluegrass / Brown's Ferry Blues / Sweet Bunches Of Daisies / Outcast / Orange Blossom Special / One Way Or The Other / I'll Never Get Over Losing You / Pretty Girl / Back Up And Push / If I Can Stay Away Long Enough / Other Me / Twin Fiddle Waltz / Clouds Without Water / No One But You / Carry Me Home

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