Chet Bennett

Profile:
Producer, mastering and recording engineer from Providence, Rhode Island. Started his career as a guitarist, bassist and back-up singer for some of the early rock stars such as Roy Orbison, Freddie Cannon and Kini Lester before becoming interested in the « back room » where the technicians worked.

His music career and electronics education was interrupted, however, by a three-year stint in Vietnam with Special Forces. Returning to the states, Bennett moved to Largo and enrolled at the Clearwater campus of St. Petersbrug Junior College.

Born to a family of musicians in Providence, R.I., Bennett said that during his career he grew to « like the southern sound (of rock music) better than the northern sound. The southern musicians use more acoustic instruments and their sound is free and more natural.’

While attending SPJC, Bennett opened Titan Sound Studios as a part-time hobby, but when demand exceeded the time he could devote to a hobby Bennett turned the studio into a full-time operation.

Six years later, the studio is a thriving 24-hour business. Besides Bennett, three other people play prominent roles in the continuing success of the studio –his wife Marion, Charles Klimp and John Covington.

In 1969 Chet became involved with Muscle Shoals Sound by cutting demos and discs for them. That same year Chet became a writer for Muscle Shoals Sound Pub [BMI] and Formular Music [ASCAP] with his friend Terry Woodford who headed up those companies.

1975 Chet was inducted into Florida's Country Hall of Fame as the number one studio and producer of the year. In the summer of 1976, Chet took on the challenge of designing, building, equipping, and producing/engineering the new Boblo Records in Brunswick, Georgia for his old friend Bobby Smith, where he first began doing sessions in 1963 at Bobby's studio in Macon, Georgia. It was there that Chet met the great Otis Redding..."I now know my calling, after I heard Otis sing." So Chet returned the favor to his mentor and gave Bobby two chart records in the first two attempts, "Mr. Boogie Man" and "Feel Like Being Funky," by Avalanche. Then he came up with Jason Willis' "Long Distance Runner" and recorded the late great Jimmy Orion Ellis.

In the early 80's Chet moved on to CBS records where he cut records for Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson to Willie Nelson and the rest of the CBS roster. Recently, Chet was co-owner of AANCO entertainment group/Manitou Records where he co-produced Eddie Three Eagles, a two-time #1 seller of Native American Music worldwide. Today, Chet heads up "Muscle Shoulders," his new CD label, which has a roster of new and old releases.
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Writing & Arrangement

BO-513 Mister Boogie Man — Chet Bennett Avalanche (17) Mister Boogie Man (as C. Bennet) Avalanche (17) - Mister Boogie Man Boblo Records BO-513 US 1976 Sell This Version
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Production

AK101, AK102 Bobby Folsom & The Ringsiders Featuring Dusty Rhodes (15) Bobby Folsom & The Ringsiders Featuring Dusty Rhodes (15) - The Great American Dream (The Legend Of Dusty Rhodes)(7") Akashic Records (48), Akashic Records (48) AK101, AK102 US 1974 Sell This Version
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A006, A007 You Know My Love / Good Seed — Chet Bennett Avolanche* Avolanche* - You Know My Love / Good Seed(7") Big A Records (5), Big A Records (5) A006, A007 US 1975 Sell This Version
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BO-514 Jackie / I Can't See The Numbers To Dial — Chet Bennett Train Robbers Train Robbers - Jackie / I Can't See The Numbers To Dial (Single) Boblo Records BO-514 US 1976 Sell This Version
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BO-513 Mister Boogie Man — Chet Bennett Avalanche (17) Avalanche (17) - Mister Boogie Man Boblo Records BO-513 US 1976 Sell This Version
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JA 0001, JA 0002 I'm Depending On You  — Chet Bennett Willie Johnson (8) Willie Johnson (8) - I'm Depending On You (7", Single) Jam (27), Jam (27) JA 0001, JA 0002 US 1976 Sell This Version
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BO-527 Feel Like Being Funky? / Hot Ice — Chet Bennett Avalanche (17) Avalanche (17) - Feel Like Being Funky? / Hot Ice Boblo Records BO-527 US 1977 Sell This Version
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BO-523 Bionic Boogie Get Down / Can't Fight The Feeling — Chet Bennett Norwich Street Extension Norwich Street Extension - Bionic Boogie Get Down / Can't Fight The Feeling(7") Boblo Records BO-523 US 1977 Sell This Version
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BO-525 Daddy's Picnic / If We Could Just Be Friends — Chet Bennett Nella Arnold Nella Arnold - Daddy's Picnic / If We Could Just Be Friends(7", Single) Boblo Records BO-525 US 1977 Sell This Version
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STS-101 Tricky Dick — Chet Bennett Train Robbers Train Robbers - Tricky Dick(7") St. Simons STS-101 US 1977 Sell This Version
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WR 1001 Tam's Tunes / I've Been Hurt — Chet Bennett The Tams The Tams - Tam's Tunes / I've Been Hurt (Single) Wonder Records WR 1001 US 1982 Sell This Version
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WA 002 Reminiscing — Chet Bennett The Tams The Tams - Reminiscing(LP, Album) Wonder Records WA 002 US 1982 Sell This Version
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none Never Say Never — Chet Bennett Trikk (2) Trikk (2) - Never Say Never(LP, Album) Aanco none US 1988 Sell This Version
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102 Catch The Moment — Chet Bennett Natalie* Natalie* - Catch The Moment(7") Arco (3) 102 US Unknown Sell This Version
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JR-1563 Wet — Chet Bennett Jim Robertson (4) Jim Robertson (4) - Wet(LP) Fat Chance Records (2) JR-1563 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Technical

PE 26439 Donovan's Greatest Hits — Chet Bennett Donovan Donovan - Donovan's Greatest Hits (Comp) Epic PE 26439 US 1969 Sell This Version
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none The Christ-A-Lairs Sing I Said Lord — Chet Bennett The Christ-A-Lairs The Christ-A-Lairs - The Christ-A-Lairs Sing I Said Lord(LP, Album) Not On Label (The Christ-A-Lairs Self-released) none US 1969 Sell This Version
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SMAS 651 Cahoots — Chet Bennett The Band The Band - Cahoots(LP, Album, Jac) Capitol Records SMAS 651 US 1971 Sell This Version
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29743 Dick Quinn Sings — Chet Bennett Dick Quinn Dick Quinn - Dick Quinn Sings(LP, Album) Ka-Dee Records 29743 US 1972 Sell This Version
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30562 The Sounds Of The Joyful Noise — Chet Bennett The Joyful Noise (4) The Joyful Noise (4) - The Sounds Of The Joyful Noise(LP, Album) Classic Records (13) 30562 US 1972 Sell This Version
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TC - 1112 The Greatest Day — Chet Bennett The Joyful Noise (4) The Joyful Noise (4) - The Greatest Day(LP, Album) Noise Records (10) TC - 1112 US 1972 Sell This Version
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none A New Kind Of Love — Chet Bennett Right Spirit Right Spirit - A New Kind Of Love(LP) Not On Label none US 1973 Sell This Version
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CL 637 Lady Day — Chet Bennett Billie Holiday Billie Holiday - Lady Day (Comp) Columbia CL 637 US 1974 Sell This Version
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PC 34074 Land Of The Midnight Sun — Chet Bennett Al Di Meola Al Di Meola - Land Of The Midnight Sun(LP, Album, Car) Columbia PC 34074 US 1976 Sell This Version
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RCW-001 Both Sides — Chet Bennett Willard (7) Willard (7) - Both Sides(LP, Album) RCW Records (2) RCW-001 US 1977 Sell This Version