Chuck Bené started performing with Johnny Dentz’s Hillrockers in the late 50’s. He wrote and sang Come Back Baby and I Want My Mama for the Rock label. That record has become an international collectors item and still receives air play and can be found on numerous compilation recordings out of many European countries.
He furthered his professional music career while a college student in the mid-60’s. During that time, he performed in the New York City metro area at local rock-and-roll shows with such artists as Frankie Lyman and Teenagers, the Skyliners, Gene Pitney and Del Shannon. He began writing music for Ricky Nelson, the Hullabaloo TV show, and his own record was released on the Columbia label, produced by the Four Seasons. He also wrote for Four Star Music. He worked as a studio musician with Leiber and Stoller, writers of Smokey Joe’s Café. After a decade with the Bobby Lane Trio, a successful lounge band in the New York area, he became a free-lance guitarist and bassist working with numerous jazz musicians, including Hilton Ruiz, Junior Mance, John Pizzarelli and Bucky Pizzarelli. He has played shows for such artists as Larry Storch of F-Troop fame. He has continued writing music, and a theme he penned can still be heard on a long-running cable TV show in the New York area. He moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1996, where he performs playing guitar, bass, banjo and a keyboard sequencer. He is also singing, writing, arranging and producing. His CD, “Southern Nights“, displays his writing and singing talents and presents the variety of styles of this versatile artist.
Chuck is an inductee into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
For an interesting biographical history by Shane Hughes, a writer for Big Beat Magazine, an Australian publication, click on the following link: Rare Rockabilly