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MERV BENTON

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Mervyn Bonson

Description: Vocalist, Australia
Known For: Album – “Come On And Get Me” – 1964

Instruments: Voice
Music Styles: Rock

Location: VIC, Australia

Date Born: 12th August 1942
Location Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

CONTACT DETAILS

Web Site:  Merv Benton – Rockabilly Hall of Fame

Other Links: See below:

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Merv Benton

An Australian singer during the sixties.

In the Melbourne dance circuit, Merv Benton gained national attention and quickly became one of the most popular male singers in the country appearing on all national television programes.

In early 1964 he signed with Melbourne’s W&G Records and became one of their most prolific artists, releasing several singles and EPs, and three LPs between 1964 and 1967.

In 1967, at the height of his popularity, Merv was struck down by throat problems that ended his singing career.

His career began, like many others taking to rock’n’roll listening to Melbourne radio and was captivated by the music of Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Merv saw his first Lee Gordon ‘Big Show’ in 1957, which featured Bill Haley & The Comets, The Platters and Freddie Bell and it was Bell especially who fired Merv’s desire to become a singer.

These were very good times for one growing up and a teenager.

He toured around Australia with his backing group, The Tamlas.

The original lineup included.

Charlie Gauld – guitar
Ian B. Allen – bass
Eddie Chappell – drums

The line-up during most of Benton’s career with “The Tamlas” included.

Eddie Chappell – drums
Les Stacpool – guitar
Noel Watson – guitar
Dennis Tucker – bass

The lineup that backed Merv on most of his recordings was Les Stacpool and Noel Watson (guitars), Murray Robertson (keyboards), Dennis Tucker (bass) and Eddie Chappell (drums), with backing vocals on most of the singles by the trio of Pat Carroll, Anne Hawker and Julie McKenna.

In the early 1980s Merv returned to the recording studio after he was approached by his old fried Ian B. Allen to perform again in Melbourne.

He found a backing band, The Allstars, which included Les Stacpool on guitar, the legendary Henri Bource on sax, Murray Robertson on keyboard, Ron Chapman on drums and Ian on bass.

The group recorded a 5-track EP with Merv at the helm.

In 1991, Merv migrated to the USA.

However he has made occasional live musical appearances and in the early 2000s he has returned to Melbourne from his new home near Phoenix, Arizona for Australian annual Sixties concerts.

LINKS: Merv Benton – Rockabilly Hall of Fame

Merv Benton & The Tamlas’s Biography

MILESAGO – Groups & Solo Artists – Merv Benton