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 Willie P Bennett

Willie P Bennett

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Death 15 Feb 2008 (aged 56)
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 24823847 · View Source
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Canadian folk music legend. He was born in Toronto and started writting songs while a teen. At age 17 his song White Line gained national attention. He went on to play at coffeehouses, universities and festivals. He played mandolin, guitar and harmonica. He often played at The Snail`s Pace in London, Ontario and joined the bluegrass group The Dixie Flyers in 1975. He went on his own two years later writing and recording hits like Lace And Pretty Flowers,Come On Train and Hobo`s Taunt. Both Stan and Garnet Rogers recorded his song Music In Your Eyes. Bennett prefered to stay out of the limelight playing briefly with Pat Temple as well as Joe Hall and The Screaming Vegetables and for many years with Fred Eaglesmith and The Flying Squirrels. In 1996 Blackie and the Rodeo Kings released an album all of Bennett`s songs. In 1998 he recorded his first release in nine years Heartstrings with the help of several folk stars including Bruce Cockburn and Stephen Fearing. It won a Juno award for best roots and traditional album. His song Blue Valentine was a hit. He continued touring with Eaglesmith untill May 2007 when he suffered a heart attack. That October he returned to work doing solo dates and recording his first album in ten years. Four months later he suffered a fatal heart attack in his Peterborough, Ontario home at age 56.


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  • Created by: Kevin Hobbs
  • Added: 22 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24823847
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willie P Bennett (26 Oct 1951–15 Feb 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24823847, ; Maintained by Kevin Hobbs (contributor 46539965) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.