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Benny Mardones

Benny Mardones Biography

Ruben Armand "Benny" Mardones is an American pop singer and songwriter who is best known for his hit single Into the Night, which landed in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart twice, first in 1980 (#11) and again in 1989 (#20).

Due to the success of Into the Night, Curb Records signed Mardones and released his album Into the Night '89. The track appeared on his self-titled release -- known as the "Blue Album" by his fans.

Not long after that, Mardones appeared on a Showtime tribute to Roy Orbison, alongside such luminaries as Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Johnny Cash and k.d. lang. Elvis Presley's band was the house band for the evening. When Mardones came on stage to sing Running Scared, few people knew his name, but when he finished the song, he received a standing ovation. He has written and recorded more than 100 songs with covers by other artists such as Brenda Lee, Chubby Checkers, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, and Usher recorded ‘Into The Night’.

Personal Life
Benny Mardones was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Savage, Maryland.
After graduating from Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland, Mardones joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War. After his discharge from the Navy Mardones moved to New York City to pursue his singing and songwriting career. While living in New York, he composed several songs with writing partner Alan Miles and later collaborated with fellow singer-songwriter Bobby Tepper, which spawned Into the Night.

Benny was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000. Despite his illness, he continues to perform to sold-out audiences in central New York, where he retains a notable fan following. He is married to Jane Braemer who is from Denmark, and they reside in Playa del Rey, California.