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Benny Mardones

Benny Mardones (1946–2020), “Into the Night” singer

by Kirk Fox

Benny Mardones was a singer known for the hit song “Into the Night” which hit the top 20 on the Billboard charts twice.  

  • Died: Monday, June 22, 2020. (Who else died on June 22?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 73 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.   
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Remarkable singing career

Benny Mardones hit the the Billboard charts three times with his song “Into the Night,” first in 1980, again in 1989, and in 2019 with a remixed version. From the press release submitted by his family and longtime representative Joel Diamond: Benny Mardones is a name you might not be familiar with, but as soon as you hear the first “signature” chords of “Into The Night”, you will instantly know the song and the artist.  He exploded onto the music scene in 1980 and was quickly nicknamed “The Voice,” a title earned because of his incredible range as well as his soulful and passionate performances.  “Into The Night” has been played over 8 Million times and to this day is still one of the most frequently played rock tunes in America.

Tommy Mottola, former Chairman & CEO of Sony Music, said: “One of the best voices since Daryl Hall”.

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According to the release, Benny moved to Syracuse in the mid-1980s and became a beloved figure in the city, often performing at local clubs. A local radio station asked him to perform a concert for $8,000. Mardones asked who was headlining, and was surprised to hear that he was the headliner.

Walking onstage, Mardones saw a sold out crowd of 12,000 people and had to leave the stage during the first song because he was crying.

“The crowd saw my emotional breakdown, and it only inspired them to start chanting my name,” he recalled, according to the bio. “From that day on, my tour dates began and ended in Central New York.”

After his most recent recording  of Into The Night 2019, Benny has now been memorialized in the history books of Billboard for having theSame Song, Different Recordings, Different Labels, Different Decades, & Different Centuries charted 3 different times. He might have been known by some as a ‘One Hit Wonder’, but how many people can claim a “Three-In-One Hit Wonder?” says his producer Joel Diamond. “Life has a beginning and an end for all of us, but one thing that will always be said of Benny Mardones is that he definitely squeezed the tube-of-life completely dry.

As part of his legacy, Benny’s final wish and his ultimate gift was to donate his body after-death to Parkinson’s for advanced medical research and education. In addition to his wife Jane, Benny is survived by his son Michael and sister Louise.” Read the full family obituray here.

What they said about him

Read the full family submitted obituary here

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