December 13, 1931 - November 28, 1992
Wayne Bennett was born in Sulphur, Oklahoma, and died in New Orleans Louisiana. He worked with blues musicians such as Bobby Bland, Boxcar Willie, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker and Elmore James, as well as with jazz musicians, including Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt and Dexter Gordon. In 1990, Bennett played on Willy DeVille's album Victory Mixture. Wayne also played with the Chi-Lites, the Lost Generation, the Hues Corporation; among many others and cut his own record in 1968, an instrumental called "Casanova, Your Playing Days are Over" on the now-defunct Brunswick label.
Bennett was a guitarist originally known for his jazz-tinged blues guitar work with Bobby "Blue" Bland. He worked with Bland for a long time, and his solo on "Stormy Monday" on Bland's album Here's The Man is still considered to be a classic, drawing both from T-Bone Walker and jazz influences. Bennett himself never liked to claim to be a blues player, preferring instead to be as versatile as he could be. In his earlier years he played a Gibson Byrdland hollow-body, but in later years he was also seen playing a custom Tom Holmes Cadillac solid-body.
At one time or another Bennett had also been a member of the house orchestra at the Apollo in New York, the Regal Theatre in Chicago, the Howard in Washington, D.C., the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia and the Royal Theatre in Baltimore.
Some of Bennett's training included studying guitar with Harry Volpe in New York for two years; studying harmony with Nate Griffin in Chicago for one year; studying harmony with Junior Mance in Chicago for two years; and studying harmony and ear training with Tony Hanson in Cleveland, Ohio for one year.
Bennett died from heart failure at the age of 60.
- "Casanova, Your Playing Days are Over" (1967)
- Sam McClain - 1
- Ramsey Lewis - Columbia - 1
- Tyrone Davis - Dakar-Brunswick - 5
- Bobby Bland - Duke-Peacock - 8
- The Chi-Lites - Brunswick - 4
- Jackie Wilson - Brunswick - 4
- The Lost Generation - Brunswick - 2
- Hamilton Bohannon - Brunswick - 3
- Independents[disambiguation needed] - Scepter - 1
- Jerry Butler - Mercury - 1
- Jimmy Reed - ABC-Blues Way - 5
- Five Blind Boys - Peacock - 2
- Soul Stirrers - GRT/Chess - 1
- Mighty Clouds Of Joy - GRT/Chess - 2
- Salem Travelers - GRT/Chess - 1
- Fats Domino - Imperial - 1
- Operation Breadbasket - Chess - 2
- Little Junior Parker - United Artist - 1
- James Cotton - 3