Who Sang It First is Benny Turner’s adaptation of Jim George’s original song, Black Is Beautiful, which George describes as his “tribute to all the black pioneers and artists who have paved the way, invented the music and enriched all our lives.” Turner’s version pays homage to the legendary blues musicians who have strongly influenced today’s music. Appropriately, the song was recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals with veteran session musicians Clayton Ivey on keys and Will McFarlane on guitar.
Who Sang It First Digital SIngle $1.00
40 years after losing him, Benny's CD, My Brother's Blues, pays tribute to his big brother and best friend, Freddie King. Available on both CD and collectible vinyl!
"Album-length tributes to blues greats of decades past are nothing new, but this collection is truly special. It's one legendary brother paying tribute to another, who just happens to be one of the greatest bluesmen of all time. Freddie and Benny paid their dues on the road together at a time when simply traveling from one gig to the next could prove perilous to life and limb, and they emerged victorious, creating blues for the ages." - Bill Dahl
My Brother's Blues CD $15.00
My Brother's Blues Vinyl $20.00
When She's Gone is in loving memory of Ella Mae, the mother who raised two blues legends - Benny and big brother Freddie King.
When She's Gone was nominated for Best Traditional Blues CD in the 2016 Independent Blues Awards and was also nominated for Best Soul Blues Album in the 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards.
When She's Gone CD $15.00
Journey contains all original music, including family treasures passed down to him as a boy (“My Mother’s Blues” honoring Ella Mae (King) Turner, and “My Uncle’s Blues (Fannie Mae)” honoring his uncle Leon King). Pulling from a lifetime of doo-wop, R&B, gospel, soul, and blues influences, and seasoned with dashes of humor and strife, Benny has created a musical gumbo with something sure to satisfy everyone who listens. "Breakin' News" was a blues song finalist in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition.
Journey CD $15.00
Survivor Book $20.00
SURVIVOR: The Benny Turner Story
"Music books are best when they're not about music but about the musicians who make the music. The relationships, the road trips, bandstand incidents, and other obstacles to humanity are explored in this marvelous biography of bassist Benny Turner."
- BOB PORTER, Author, Soul Jazz
"Survivor is a lively, well-crafted epic taking us through Benny Turner's childhood in Texas and Chicago, through his long stretches singing and playing guitar and bass with his renowned brother Freddie King, Dee Clark, The Soul Stirrers, and Mighty Joe Young, his move to New Orleans and his time with Marva Wright, his own early recordings, and, happily, his re-emergence as an acclaimed bandleader and recording artist ... leaving the reader with a full appreciation both of Benny as a musician and a person."
- RICHARD SHURMAN, Blues Producer/Historian