Joseph Wayne “Candy” Bennett Sr.

Joseph Wayne “Candy” Bennett Sr.

Picayune, Pearl River County, Mississippi, USA
Death 8 Jan 2011 (aged 63)
Burial Picayune, Pearl River County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 74508594 · View Source
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Joseph Wayne "Candy" Bennett, Sr.

The Picayune Item (January 11, 2011)

PICAYUNE — Joseph Wayne "Candy" Bennett, Sr.

Joe left this world to be with his heavenly father on Saturday January 8, 2011 with his family by his side.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home in Picayune.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in New Palestine Cemetery under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.

Joe was born in Picayune to Clifton and Gladys Bennett in August 1947.

Joe "Candy" Bennett's life was one of music. He was a singer, songwriter and musician whose instruments included, steel guitar, bass guitar, and piano. Joe built several steel guitars as well.

He started playing guitar at the age of five and was singing gospel music by the time he was eight.

In high school he played in the band called Rampages, which opened the shows for the Bonanza Series at Pontchartrain Beach.

He played and sang gospel music with the Florida Boys, Dixie Echoes, Gospel Sounds, Henson Family and The Expressions.

The first gospel song he wrote and recorded was "He Watches Over Me" in the late 70's.

He played for years in Pearl River, Slidell, Bogalusa, and New Orleans at Father's Mustache and Chuck's on Bourbon Street.

He was a sought after steel guitar player and played for Bobbie Cupid, Hank Thompson, Bill Mack, Gary P. Nunn as well as B.J. Johnson on live radio in Picayune, Mississippi for WRJW.

His band Louisiana Red Hots opened for George Strait at Charles Lounge in Louisiana in the early 80's.

In the late 80's he moved to Texas where he played Inez 50/50 Club for 7 years. He played clubs in the Fort Worth Stockyards such as Billy Bob's, White Elephant, Longhorn Saloon, Big River, and Filthy McNasty's. He also played in Nashville and recorded for Crystal Bridge Records.

Joe was a former member of the American Federation of Musicians Union.

He was a member of the Texas Steel Guitar Association.

In 1989 he was Steel Guitar Player of the Year and Songwriter of the Year to MCMA (Fort Worth & Dallas).

In 2008, he was inducted into Westbank Musicians Hall of Fame in New Orleans.

In 2009 Joe returned to his roots and recorded an album "I Saw the Light" Acappella.

In May 2011 he will be inducted into Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.

The last gospel song he wrote and recorded was "The Cowboy Church" which is sung at his church.

Joe was preceded in death: by his parents Clifton and Gladys Bennett; brothers, Walter and Larry; and sister, Charlene Alsobrooks.

Survivors include: Son, Joseph W. Bennett, Jr.; Daughters, Teresa Bennett, Melissa Baker, and Katrina Bennett; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and the love of his life Leslie Hardy and her family; Jon Higgins, extended family and many friends.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 74508594
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Wayne “Candy” Bennett Sr. (5 Aug 1947–8 Jan 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 74508594, citing New Palestine Cemetery, Picayune, Pearl River County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Jim Phares (contributor 47173697) .