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

Production

36101 / 36102 Chet Bennett - You Know My Love / Good Seed album art Avolanche* Avolanche* - You Know My Love / Good Seed(7") Big A Records (5) 36101 / 36102 US 1975 Sell This Version
BO-514 Chet Bennett - Jackie / I Can't See The Numbers To Dial album art Train Robbers Train Robbers - Jackie / I Can't See The Numbers To Dial (Single) Boblo Records BO-514 US 1976 Sell This Version
BO-513 Chet Bennett - Mister Boogie Man album art Avalanche (17) Avalanche (17) - Mister Boogie Man Boblo Records BO-513 US 1976 Sell This Version
JA 0001, JA 0002 Chet Bennett - I'm Depending On You  album art 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
BO-527 Chet Bennett - Feel Like Being Funky? / Hot Ice album art Avalanche (17) Avalanche (17) - Feel Like Being Funky? / Hot Ice Boblo Records BO-527 US 1977 Sell This Version
BO-523 Chet Bennett - Bionic Boogie Get Down / Can't Fight The Feeling album art 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
STS-101 Chet Bennett - Tricky Dick album art Train Robbers* Train Robbers* - Tricky Dick(7") St. Simons STS-101 US 1977 Sell This Version
WR 1001 Chet Bennett - Tam's Tunes / I've Been Hurt album art The Tams The Tams - Tam's Tunes / I've Been Hurt (Single) Wonder Records WR 1001 US 1982 Sell This Version
WA 002 Chet Bennett - Reminiscing album art The Tams The Tams - Reminiscing(LP, Album) Wonder Records WA 002 US 1982 Sell This Version
none Chet Bennett - Never Say Never album art Trikk (2) Trikk (2) - Never Say Never(LP, Album) Aanco none US 1988 Sell This Version
JR-1563 Chet Bennett - Wet album art Jim Robertson (4) Jim Robertson (4) - Wet(LP) Fat Chance Records (2) JR-1563 US Unknown Sell This Version

Technical

none Chet Bennett - The Christ-A-Lairs Sing I Said Lord album art 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
SMAS 651 Chet Bennett - Cahoots album art The Band The Band - Cahoots(LP, Album, Jac) Capitol Records SMAS 651 US 1971 Sell This Version
29743 Chet Bennett - Dick Quinn Sings album art Dick Quinn Dick Quinn - Dick Quinn Sings(LP, Album) Ka-Dee Records 29743 US 1972 Sell This Version
30562 Chet Bennett - The Sounds Of The Joyful Noise album art 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
TC - 1112 Chet Bennett - The Greatest Day album art The Joyful Noise (4) The Joyful Noise (4) - The Greatest Day(LP, Album) Noise Records (10) TC - 1112 US 1972 Sell This Version
none Chet Bennett - A New Kind Of Love album art Right Spirit Right Spirit - A New Kind Of Love(LP) Not On Label none US 1973 Sell This Version
CL 637 Chet Bennett - Lady Day album art Billie Holiday Billie Holiday - Lady Day (Comp) Columbia CL 637 US 1974 Sell This Version
RCW-001 Chet Bennett - Both Sides album art Willard (7) Willard (7) - Both Sides(LP, Album) RCW Records (2) RCW-001 US 1977 Sell This Version
PE 33949 Chet Bennett - Jaco Pastorius album art Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius (Album) Epic PE 33949 US 1978 Sell This Version
FR 35555 Chet Bennett - Dog & Butterfly album art Heart Heart - Dog & Butterfly (Album) Portrait FR 35555 US 1978 Sell This Version
PE 32061 Chet Bennett - The Hollies' Greatest Hits album art The Hollies The Hollies - The Hollies' Greatest Hits(LP, Comp, RE, Pit) Epic PE 32061 US 1979 Sell This Version
SA 8526 Chet Bennett - Martha High album art Martha High Martha High - Martha High (Album) Salsoul Records SA 8526 US 1979 Sell This Version
PC2 36854 Chet Bennett - The River album art Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen - The River (Album) Columbia PC2 36854 US 1980 Sell This Version