Song of the Day: Buster Benton, “Money Is The Name Of The Game”

I went to bed last night and completely forgot to set this up. Don’t worry, I’m fine.

Blues singer and guitarist Arley "Buster" Benton was born on this day in 1932. He was a member of Willie Dixon’s Blues All-Stars and was known for his solo rendition of Willie’s "Spider In My Stew." Despite losing parts of both legs in the later parts of his career, he kept playing the blues until he died in 1996. "Money Is The Name Of The Game" is the title track from his 1989 album on Ichiban Records.

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Buster Benton, “Money Is The Name Of The Game”

  1. Sounds great John! I never heard of him before.

    off topic – John just wanted to tell you that after Sunday I’m taking a month break from blogging because of work, house projects, and just to recharge…I’ll post something about it Sunday morning.


  2. Did he suffer from diabetes? Losing both legs must have been so very difficult but he still had his voice and hands to play his guitar and sing. It is excellent


    1. Yes, and it was why he died at 63. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember ever hearing about this guy, even though he played in Chicago the years I was actively listening (i.e. going to clubs and buying records). Some guys never made it off the south and west sides, and those neighborhoods were dangerous after dark….


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