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I am deeply saddened to announce that Benny Mardones, artist and writer of 3x Billboard Charted Record ""INTO THE NIGHT"", has died at 73, says long time friend and record producer, Joel Diamond.



Benny died peacefully at his home in Menifee, CA on June 29, 2020 with his loving wife at his side. He died from complications of Parkinson's disease. In addition to his wife Jane, Benny is survived by his son Michael and sister Louise. Benny was born Ruben Armand Mardones in Cleveland, Ohio on November 9,1946, and his father, Ruben Mardones, Sr., was from Santiago, Chile.



"I have lost my husband and the love of my life. Not a day went by without Benny telling me how much he loved me. When he knew the end was coming and near coma, he would ask me to come close and struggle to sing ""I've Got You"" (click: https://youtu.be/zfJuJcfTLx4). For the last 12 years he would often surprise me with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers and a note attached saying in Danish ""Jeg Elsker Dig"" (I Love You)," said Jane.



Benny was raised in Savage, Maryland and later moved to Syracuse, NY, where he became their ""Hometown Hero"". He then moved to Woodstock, NY, and most recently for the past 20 years has resided in Southern California. Benny joined the Navy right after high school and fought in the Vietnam War.



Benny Mardones is a name you might not be familiar with, but as soon as you hear the first ""signature"" chords (click: https://youtu.be/m20bgdHdNk8) of "Into The Night", you will instantly know the song and the artist. He exploded onto the music scene in 1980 and was quickly nicknamed "The Voice," a title earned because of his incredible range as well as his soulful and passionate performances. "Into The Night" has been played over 8 Million times and to this day is still one of the most frequently played rock tunes in America.



Upon hearing the news of Benny's passing, Delilah, radio personality and host of a nightly syndicated show with 8 million listeners, best described Benny: "His voice is like whiskey, smooth but with that edgy bite. But his heart is like a hug from your dearest friend, the kind of hug that holds on and doesn't let go and pours so much goodness straight into your heart...Benny is one of a kind and his talent and his love has enriched my life and the lives of all my family."



Tommy Mottola, former Chairman & CEO of Sony Music, said: ""One of the best voices since Daryl Hall"".



After his most recent recording (click: https://youtu.be/E8ZlsfXuR3c) of "Into The Night 2019", Benny has now been memorialized in the history books of Billboard for having the Same Song, Different Recordings, Different Labels, Different Decades, & Different Centuries charted 3 different times. Also for very the first time there are two Club Remixes of "Into The Night 2019" by iconic Remixers Dirty Werk & Eric Kupper (click: https://youtu.be/sMk7w2JimkQ), all produced by Joel Diamond.



He might have been known by some as a 'One Hit Wonder', but how many people can claim a ""Three-In-One Hit Wonder?"" says Diamond.



As part of his legacy, Benny's final wish and his ultimate gift was to donate his body after-death to Parkinson's for advanced medical research and education.



A Memorial Service will be announced in the near future.




THE STORY



Benny's long and storied career in music certainly had lots of unexpected peaks and valleys, but through it all, he was always an optimist and a fighter, right to the end. These qualities helped make the throaty singer burst onto the scene and the charts with ""Into The Night"", the song he co-wrote with Robert Tepper; which incidentally marks and celebrates 40 years on June 14, 2020, since its first release.



Benny's life was dramatically changed when he met Jane in 2009 and they married in 2011. Jane was a gift from God right at the time in Benny's life when he needed it most. She was not only Benny's loving and devoted partner, care-giver, and best friend, but she was also his ""rock"".



As a cocky eleven-year-old, Benny entered the annual Fourth of July talent show in his home town, asking the young back-up group to play "Jailhouse Rock" for him. They said, ""What key do you want to do it in?" Mardones recalls that his answer was, ""I really don't know"", when in fact, he admitted afterwards, he didn't know anything about music. Well, the back-up group selected their own key and ""I went out on stage, grabbed the mike, and started singing, shakin' my leg and swiveling my hips. I brought the house down and won the talent show." Two months later, he was performing regularly with the same back-up group at high school dances and fire halls.



Benny had already developed a taste for the rock and R&B music of the day including Elvis, The Dells and his very favorite singer, Roy Orbison. Orbison was his first rock concert ever, and what an awkward moment he had with his idol. Benny remembers, "I had an extra ticket and my friend asked me if I would sell it for him. I see a guy walking up, a girl on each arm, cat dressed in black...I thought man, that guy looks cool."" I asked him if he needed a ticket and he said, ""I believe I already have one,"" and he laughed. I continued, ""don't you think that Roy Orbison is the best singer in the world?"" The man answered, ""I'm sure he'd like to hear that."" ""My seat was way up in the balcony for the show, and when this same person that I had just tried to scalp a ticket to walked out on stage, I realized it was Roy Orbison and just about died."



Ironically, later on Benny appeared on a Showtime Tribute to Roy Orbison, alongside such luminaries as Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Johnny Cash, and K.D. Lang. Elvis Presley's band was the house band for the evening. When Benny walked on stage to sing "Running Scared," few people knew his name as compared to the other names, but by the time he finished the song, not only did everybody know his name but he also received a standing ovation for his performance.



It was 1969 that Benny arrived in New York City from Savage, and his first stop was Mercury Records/MRC Music. He marched into the receptionist and said ""I would like to audition for the man in charge!"" Joel Diamond, new to the business himself but yet a very astute young head of the Music Publishing division, along with his then assistant Tommy Mottola, were blown away when Benny sang a capella in his office. They offered him a staff writer position, and Joel hooked him up with then staff writer Alan Miles. It was then and there that Mardones honed in on his innate writing skills. He and Alan proceeded to write material for Brenda Lee, Three Dog Night, Main Ingredient, Free, Tommy James and a #1 R&B hit with Barbara Jean English. When Diamond became the head of Sony Music Publishing in 1972, he brought Benny along with him and gave him his a writing room in which he created his own personal audition showcase-stage for many luminaries brought in by Diamond, including Clive Davis.



Joel produced and got Benny his first record deal with White Whale Records with a Mardones/Miles penned song, ""Stand & Be Counted"". Through Diamond, he scored his second record deal, also with Diamond producing, with Columbia Records, where he recorded the classic doo-wop hit ""Please Say You Want Me"" and later Diamond put Benny together with The Sound Of Philadelphia & arranger Bobby Martin (""Me & Mrs. Jones"", ""If You Don't Know Me By Now"", etc.) and then produced his second single for Columbia, ""And Tomorrow Means Another Day We're Apart"".



It would be several years later after Benny's first initial round of success, that Benny got a knock on his door and opened it only to find Andrew Loog Oldham (manager and producer of The Rolling Stones) along with Larry Uttal, the president of Private Stock Records. Soon Benny found himself in recording studio with a band including Mick Ronson on guitar, Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley, and being produced by Oldham. "These were all guys that I'd paid to see in concert, you know?" Benny said, "Half of me was scared to death and half of me said, well this is what you've always wanted, so toughen up and do it."



Mardones started making a real name for himself as a performer touring with Richie Havens, including an outdoor rally on Wall Street in front of 100,000 people. He caught the eye of concert promoter Ron Delsener who was quite impressed by Benny's voice. A few weeks later he received a call from Delsener to ask him if he could fill in for a last-minute cancellation. Amazingly, Benny soon discovered he was opening for Peter Frampton at Madison Square Garden.



It was in 1980 when Benny starting writing with Robert Tepper and got signed to Polydor, where ""Into The Night"" was born. Once the record was released, it became an instant radio classic across the country and to this day is one of the most frequently played tunes in radio history. It is estimated that the song has been played more than 8 Million times in the US alone. Benny appeared on The Toni Tennille Show, American Bandstand, & Midnight Special, and Merv Griffin Show, sitting along side and being introduced by Kal Rudman of FMBQ (the bible for radio programmers). A fearless & feisty Benny Mardones presented his challenge to step into the boxing ring with Elvis Costello, who was also breaking big at the time, and Benny said to millions of people watching the show, "There is only one Elvis and if he loses the fight, he has to change his first name to Lou."



A Syracuse radio station heard Benny was living in town at that time and wanted him to do a concert appearance. The promoter called and said ""We'll pay you $8,000."" He thought to himself, ""What's happening here? Am I opening for The Beatles?"" Just a few days before the show, he casually asked the promoter, ""By the way, who am I opening for?"" The answer from the promoter was, ""Nobody - YOU are the head-liner! Don't you know that the biggest radio station in Syracuse has been playing 'Into The Night' and other cuts from your album? Thank you to Tom Mitchell, Program Director, everybody in Syracuse wants to hear more of your music and see you live and in-person."" Benny stepped onto the stage that night and saw a capacity crowd of 12,000 people and it absolutely overwhelmed him. In the middle of his first song, he broke down and started to cry; he literally had to leave the stage. ""The crowd saw my emotional breakdown, and it only inspired them to start chanting my name. From that day on, my tour dates began and ended in Central New York."



Syracuse's adopted son was so grateful for this opportunity that he now felt he had to give something back. He continued to pursue his lifelong commitment to help children's causes. Mardones and his band, The Hurricanes, raised literally thousands of dollars for children's liver transplant operations, Ronald McDonald House, T.J. Martell Foundation, LA Breast Cancer Awareness, and was presented with an award from the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of Central New York.



Jerry Kraus, of WOUR radio, the best rock music station in Utica, NY, reminisced that when Benny performed to a sold-out house in Central New York, ""It was almost like it was a cult following. He was just the ultimate showman - he could walk into a room and make friends with everybody instantly, had a smile that would light up the room and the gift of gab to go along with it.""



Benny said "It took me a few years after that to come out of the fog and realize that I was hooked on drugs, had blown through my million dollar fortune, alienated everyone that was ever close to me, and had done all the wrong things. But out of all this turmoil, the smoke cleared for a moment, and a little boy was born, my son Michael. I made a pact with the man upstairs and declared, just let me be around to raise this little guy, and I'll never go down that road again.""



In 1989, "Into The Night" was re-released for the second time after a "Where Are They Now?" feature on KZZP played the record and the phones blew up; which led to renewed interest in the song from young listeners hearing it for the first time. The legendary influential program director Scott Shannon, Pirate Radio, added it to his play-list and radio stations across the country followed suit.



"I was in Woodstock living with my son in a friend's attic that I had turned into a little apartment," Benny remembers, "When unbeknownst to me, my original mentor, Joel Diamond, contacted Mike Curb and let him know that there had been a resurgence of ""Into The Night"" and it might just be a win-win for Curb Records to sign Mardones and re-record his original hit one more time to catch the new wave of radio success. Within days, Benny found himself in Los Angeles cutting an entire album for Curb, with Michael Lloyd producing and Diamond Executive Producing.



As a result of ""Into The Night"" hitting the charts one more time, it catapulted Benny into the elite stratosphere of becoming one of only eight artists, joining the ranks of Queen, Righteous Brothers, Chubby Checker, The Contours, The Four Seasons, Ben E. King, and Neil Sedaka, to ever ascend to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice with the same song.



It was in 2000 when Benny's life took a dramatic downturn when he was sadly diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Even in spite his illness, he continued to play to sold-out crowds in central New York up until just a few years ago. He was asked to be a guest speaker at Canajoharie High School, upstate NY, where he spoke to students about his experience of bursting into fame after many years of hard work in the music industry. He also spoke about succumbing to drug addiction, his battle to overcome Parkinson's disease, and the resurrection of his career in upstate New York. He received mulitple standing ovations and concluded with: ""Follow your dreams, because this is still a country where you can make your dreams come true.""



Cut to the third & final chapter of ""Into The Night"". In 2019, 2x Grammy & Multi Platinum record producer Joel Diamond, stepped back into the role of Benny's producer and told Benny that he now had the opportunity to create music history by re-cutting ""Into The Night"" one more time. Diamond knew that to make the charts again, he needed to come at it from a whole new direction. He brought on board music arranger Ted Perlman to do the music for the new and updated ballad version, and Brad LeBeau of ProMotion, to promote Benny's new Dance Club Remixes by Dirty Werk and Eric Kupper, who have re-mixed 20 #1 Club Hits including Ariana Grande, Diana Ross, Pink, Miley Cirus, and Janet Jackson. This resulted in "Into The Night 2019" charting in Billboard for its third time.



Also in January 2020, Rudy Perez, 5x Grammy Award winner & Billboard Producer of the Decade, wrote a Spanish lyric and actually performed "Into The Night 2019" as a Spanglish duet with Benny, produced by Perez & Diamond.



Benny is now memorialized in the history books of Billboard Magazine for having the: Same Song, Different Recordings, Different Labels, Different Decades, & Different Centuries charted 3 different times.



"Life has a beginning and an end for all of us, but one thing that will always be said of Benny Mardones is that he definitely squeezed the tube-of-life completely dry", said Joel Diamond.

Published in Washington County News on Jun. 29, 2020.
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August 8, 2020
I meet Benny first in Playa Del Rey in 2007. He became a tenant of mine.
Then he became a great friend.
When my ex wife first met him, the first thin he did was sing “Into the Night” for her.
We became great friends. He had a very loving heart and kind soul.
The world is less of a place without him.
My deepest sympathies to his family.

All my love
Bruce
Bruce Wisner
August 7, 2020
You had such a beautiful voice. You will be missed. God bless your soul and God bless your family. A fan, Rose Zamora
Rose Zamora
Friend
August 2, 2020
I have always enjoyed listening to Benny Mardones' phenomenal singing voice. He had one of the best voices I have ever heard. I love the songs Sheila C., This Time, Into the Night, I Never Really Loved You At All, and many more. I never knew much about Benny Mardones' personal life, but now after reading everything about him, I like him even more. Thank you Benny for sharing your amazing voice, and thank you for all of the good things you have done for others. You are an inspiration.
Andy Bowton
Friend
August 2, 2020
Andy Bowton
Friend
August 1, 2020
To the family, many, many friends, and legions of fans of this wonderful man, his hit song “Into the Night.” That is what legacy Benny Mardones left behind memorable songs that will not be forgotten. May the God of comfort bless your grieving hearts with strength, loving kindness and peace as the world copes with loss the of Benny. May his music keep his memory alive forever.
Tony
July 30, 2020
Loved all your music!! Had an opportunity of a lifetime meeting Benny and his lovely wife Jane at a friends house. Even got a picture with Benny. You will be sadly missed by so many people. Thank you for sharing your music with us. Still can’t believe you are gone. Condolences to his family and friends.
Maria Engelbrecht
July 29, 2020
i just love this song since 1973 9th grade iam now 60 and it still make me feel good
Teresa ROGERS
Friend
July 28, 2020
Benny was an extrodinary talent. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him, I watched many interviews of him which showed he was an extraordinary man as well. Into the night, like I'm sure so many others, was one of my all time favorite songs. He will be greatly missed. To his wife Jane, son Michael and sister Louise I send my deepest sympathy.
Debra Brown
July 27, 2020
Hi Benny,I feel in Love with you the summer of 1980,I had just Grad High school and you blew up the airwaves man you made my summer and forty years later you made me CRY longer and harder than I have my whole life!!!!!Benny I know you are among great people Look for Buddy cable & Bobby Hamil you 3 will have a Blast I have already told them of you coming up and Bobby has a hug from me until the day I can wrap my big arms around you !! I still have tears in my eyes for you,LOVE PAT.
patrick connor
Friend
July 27, 2020
Lotta Benny In Here. Enjoy!
My brother like no other
D.L. Byron
Family
July 27, 2020
Sending my prayers and love to Jane, Michael, and the rest of the family!
Now here’s my Benny story
Anyone my age couldn’t tell you who Benny is.. but I’ve had the honor to grow up listening to Benny, going to his shows, and knowing him! I remember being a little girl going to the beach days shows, sitting there in my bathing suit just hanging out listening and singing along to every single song! As I grew up, and started becoming old enough to enjoy other shows, like Phol’s and the turning stone, I loved every minute of it! I grew up around all these people who became like family to me. “The Benny family” my mom knew that even if I wasn’t directly in her view, someone else around was watching out for me, bc we are just that a big Benny family. I met my best friend of 15 years at a Benny show! I got pulled up on stage Around my 16th birthday by Benny while he played Into the Night. (Memorial Day weekend) I have the honor to say I’ve met great people bc of Benny like Eddy Money, I’ve went bar hopping with benny when I turned 21! And Benny couldn’t believe his eyes that I was finally old enough to go out to the bar with him, he literally watched me and my sister grow up before his eyes! Benny, Thankyou for always giving us the best shows in Syracuse, NY. Always being a great friend to my mom, and being the person you were! You will forever be missed by myself and my family. And your music will live on in my household, through my kids. We love you Benny I’m truly glad you are no longer suffering, until we meet again. ❤
Alecia Scott
Acquaintance
July 27, 2020
This is so hard. Sending my deepest condolences to Jane, Michael, and the entire family. I am so blessed to have been part of Benny's life. He was an amazing friend and I will miss him dearly. He was my Angel here on earth because he was there for me when I truly needed him and I hope he would say the same about me. Michael, your Dad loves you more than words can express. Jane, I could not have picked someone better for Benny if I tried. He didn't think he would ever find true love and then he found you. I love the way you love him. I am eternally grateful that he is not suffering anymore and is at peace. I know there were many waiting for his arrival in Heaven. I know it was a joyful reunion. I also know that Benny is watching over his loved ones. In our last conversation, he said "I've gotta go but we will continue this conversation. I love you." We will continue that conversation, not here, but on the other side. I will love you forever my dear friend.
Marlene Roos
Friend
July 26, 2020
I would say that his voice was inspirational. "Into the Night" was my go to song when I was 16yrs. old and I wasn't allowed to date. I would play his song over and over. Thank you Benny for your beautiful song. May your family find the comfort they need during this very difficult time. RIP
Liz Siqueiros
Acquaintance
July 26, 2020
Benny you gave us such great music and the memories that come with it, thank you. Now you can Rest In Peace
Scott Bragger
July 24, 2020
Thank you Benny for making my adolescent years so amazing. Some the best memories of that period of my life were at your shows. Thank you for calling me when I sent you a fan letter letting you know how much your music meant to me. I miss those days and I will miss you. Rest in peace.
John Hakes
Acquaintance
July 23, 2020
Thank you for all your concerts,gigs and local venues,that have entertained upstate New Yorkers for many years.Loved your work locally especially, may you R.I.P. Condolences to your family. "Rock On Benny- Sing for the Angels Now.
Lynne
July 23, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Monique Biggs
Friend
July 22, 2020
RIP Benny memories last for ever best songs meet u flew times great guy to talk to
Con Saya
Friend
July 22, 2020
Thank you for all the wonderful memories! Always loved going to see you play !
Kim
July 22, 2020
THANK YOU for all the wonderful memories! It was a pleasure to hang out with you in the late 80's in Syracuse! I am so very sad of your passing, but happy knowing you are in a better place! I trust God will love your heavenly concerts as much as I did!
Christian Wiley
Acquaintance
July 22, 2020
Your voice was extraordinary. I loved your music. I hope you are singing to the angels in heaven
Donna Diorio
Friend
July 21, 2020
You were so talented and gave joy to many with your God given voice and music. You are remembered with fondness and truly missed. Blessings to your widow, son, and family.
Marian Rusher
July 21, 2020
Thank you Benny, I’ll never forget your boys racing me through the airport to see you play, your honey fried chicken and your golden voice and bragging rights for you coming all the way to Hilmar so I could cut your hair.
Peter Stavrianoudakis
Friend
July 21, 2020
Will miss his incredible presence and voice. RIP my friend
Michael Sweeney
Friend
July 21, 2020
yes you were named right when they named you the voice no mistake there and now you re free to fly into the night where ever you want fly high voice fly high
cynthia mueller
Acquaintance
July 21, 2020
There are no words to express what it means to lose this extraordinarily talented man. It will always be the biggest miscarriage of support that he was not known as a world class talent everywhere and not just in Syracuse, NY. My sympathies and prayers go to his wife, son, family and friends. I, for one, will never forget him or his contributions to the music industry. Safe travels, Benny.
Paula Litarowich
Friend
July 21, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. We have loved Benny for years. He will be missed so much by so many people. Jane you are in our prayers. RIP Benny. Your music will live on in all of us. Your concerts will be missed.
Pattie Recore
Friend
July 21, 2020
You were Amazing & wonderful R.I.P
Regina Hogan
July 21, 2020
Went to many of your concerts, loved your music. You always knew how to rock the house no matter where you were. You will be missed by many but your music will live on in all of us. Soar with the angels my friend. RIP
Roxanne Fisk
July 21, 2020
He will always be apart of my soul being a Long Island Musician.He passed away the day I was admitted to the Hospital.I love you forever Benny
Richie Grohs
Acquaintance
July 21, 2020
Benny and my mom, the cookie lady!!
Benny was a terrific person, very caring and what a voice!! He called my mom in hospital and sang to her when she was on a ventolater. She had a major stroke but she understood Bennys voice singing and talking to her. When she passed away he called me to chat. Ive followed him since the late 80's. Tried to get to every concert.Have most of his cds. Rest in peace my friend. You were loved out here in syracuse and will forever be in my heart . Your music lives on. And you will always be remembered by all of your fans. Love you forever, Benny.
Valerie nellenback
Friend
July 21, 2020
Prayers and hugs. We love you always . Jane,, hugs my friend
Fay Day
Friend
July 20, 2020
Benny had a voice like no other. My favorite song of his is Into the night. He had the kind of voice that would just give you chills.Rest in peace Benny.
Deborah Rhea
Friend
July 20, 2020
RIP Benny MARDONES. YOU WILL TRUELY BE MISSED. ❤
Rina Syracuse
Friend
July 20, 2020
Benny you will be missed dearly! Thank you for rocking CNY RIP !!
Cindy McNabb
July 20, 2020
Benny....Ive loved you since seeing you at Longbranch Park and followed you whenever you were in Central New York...I played youre music in my car for many years when my kids were babies and I was going through hard times.... your songs brought me strength...I will miss you dearly even though I know youre at peace...I was soo glad you allowed me to take a picture with you when you were leaving Turningstone after your last Christmas concert...you made me the happiest person alive.....youre with a great group of musicians up there and I cant wait to see you again....God bless a Brand New Angel....forever in my heart....❤❤❤
Kim Perra
Friend
July 20, 2020
RIP Uncle Benny, you and my dad were like brothers more than cousins. You will never be forgotten.
Jeremy Everett
Family
July 20, 2020
Benny was always one of my favorites. He will be missed. Rest in love & peace
Terri Harvey
July 20, 2020
I met Benny at my place of employment when he lived in Woodstock. It was right after the second release of into the night. He gave me a cd and his autograph. Which I still have to this day.
Nikki Sommer
July 20, 2020
Wore out the song "Hey Baby" Your voice will always be in my heart. Love from Mpls, Mn
mary stadick
Friend
July 20, 2020
Loved his music .
Diane Benjamin
Acquaintance
July 20, 2020
Right now, the world is saddened by Benny's passing. It is a great loss. It is, however, a better place because he was in it, and he will always be a big part of it. He will not be forgotten.
Kelly Dilts
July 20, 2020
Benny
I first fell in love with your music at 16 years old when I fell in love with a girl at 16 years old.
Later on, I managed to have you featured on my radio station WDOS FM wdosfm.com years after.
You were such a humble, incredible and phenomenal musician which I'll be remembering you for forever.
I'm sure you were an awesome family man.
My sincerest condolences to the Mardones family.

With love
Cash Dosby
Cash Dosby
Acquaintance
July 20, 2020
He lit up the room and his voice took over the whole room or concert. This is a terrible loss, he was a wonderful person not only to family but to friends as well. He will be truly missed but always alive in our Hearts. I am just so thankful that i got to see him and speak to him for many years and never knew he was a showman, he wanted people to love him for him. Then he met his beautiful Jane and he couldnt have gotten a more perfect wife. I wish they could have had more years together. Benny will always live on in our hearts and never forgotten.
Gail-Renee' Mule'
Friend
July 20, 2020
I have such wonderful memories of his concerts and that song was the bomb when it came out! Awesome man awesome music thank you Benny, we'll never forget ❤
Sheri Strife
Friend
July 20, 2020
he was a gentle man with a voice that captured your heart ;
debra hill
Acquaintance
July 20, 2020
Id like to say that Ive lost,I mean,the world has lost such a wonderful singer,musician,and a composer and that Ive always loved him so much, but didnt a have a chance to meet.I do feel miserable right now... RIP my dear Benny...♥
Mara Maia
July 19, 2020
Benny, you are and will continue to be an Inspiration, in the music world and in your Strong Character..thank you for the Beautiful songs that I grew up on. God Bless your Spirit and Condolences to your family
Delores Lundgaard
July 19, 2020
You songs captivated so many. A pleasure to have been associated with you. Be at peace, Benny
John Pine
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
RIP BENNY!! ❤
July 19, 2020
Thank You for the great music. The Into the night video is beautiful.
Jeff Hughes
Friend
July 19, 2020
Jane, Michael and all of Benny's family I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Benny.
Rose
Friend
July 19, 2020
My sincere condolences to Jane and Michael Mardones at this difficult time. Benny was loved by all of his fans and friends, and will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Benny.
Pam ONeal
July 19, 2020
Benny you will be forever missed! You have been my favorite for a long time now and I will truly miss seeing you perform..Rip Benny..❤
Robin Ryder
Friend
July 19, 2020
It is so difficult to put all the memories into words. Benny left a footprint in all our lifes. He is flying high as a Brand New Angel Jane and Michael you will be in our prayers always. We love you May you find peace in all your memories
Shiela And Phillip Dimkos
Friend
July 19, 2020
Benny you will always be my fave singer and I know you're resting peacefully now!
Dawn
July 19, 2020
Loved everything about you, Rest In Peace.
Connie Winters
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
Rest in piece...I love you
Jamie Haling
Friend
July 19, 2020
I would like to thank all of you for the outpour of love, and sharing all the memories you had with my sweet husband. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Jane Mardones
Spouse
July 19, 2020
Benny was a wonderful man. He and is music touched me and had a deeper impact on me tha than I realized until he passed on. I am glad he is no longer suffering, but he is missed more than he could ever know, by so many people. Fly high Benny. God blessed a brand new angel.
Randi Snoddy
Friend
July 19, 2020
You were such a big part of my life for many years, Benny, and even though we didn't see each other in the last few years, you were never far from my thoughts and from my heart. Lots of great memories... Love you man -- always did -- always will. We will miss you here on earth. Fly with the Angels, my friend...
Kat Campbell
Friend
July 19, 2020
I remember meeting Benny when I worked at the Sugar Mill . I immediately liked him he was so sweet and friendly. His music was amazing true music and talent. He will be missed by everyone he has touched with his music and anyone that has ever met him. Rest In Peace Benny .
Laurie Maugeri
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
Rest in paradise benny❤
David Avika
Friend
July 19, 2020
Always will be in my heart always went out of his way for his fans
Gail Marie Hockeborne
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
Jane and Micheal and Family , so sorry for your loss , Benny is an angel in heaven now . Enjoyed all his concerts and music for many years . He was a caring and loving person to everyone that knew him . I love and miss you Benny and so does all of central New York . Rest In Peace my friend ❤❤
Barbara Poccia
Friend
July 19, 2020
Benny you will be missed so much your music and you will always be in my heart. Love you R.I.P you touched alot of hearts in the years
Gloria Hill
Friend
July 19, 2020
My best buddy Benny...Ill miss you. I often think about our days at Howard High. Until we meet again... Love you, Gary
Gary Prochaska
Friend
July 19, 2020
RIP Benny ❤ fly high Into The Night ❤
Chris Hirsh
July 19, 2020
What a kind and lovely man! I knew the song, it was one of those songs from your teenage years that stay with you forever, but when I found out about Bennys passing, I went and read and watched interviews, to discover just what a gem , that man was. That song will remain on my IPod forever, but now, I want to listen to all his other songs. My love and condoléances to his wife, son and friends, and to this world who needs more decent men like him. Thank you Benny, you have touched my soul.
Nathalie Paquin
July 19, 2020
Benny you will be forever missed! Your music will always be in our lives. Into the night was my prom theme but you had many more songs that are amazing and I pray they will not be forgotten.
R I P Benny you are a bird!!
I live in Pickerington Ohio now but Syracuse NY will always be my home too ❤
Michele Hoyt
July 19, 2020
Miss you Benny RIP till we meet again ❤Ed Kowalik
Edward KOWALIK
Friend
July 19, 2020
R.I.P. Benny. You will always be remembered. I hope the angels took you Into the Night!
Donna Delaney
July 19, 2020
Rip always Benny and may more be done for those with Parkinsons and rarer psp that my dad passed from 8 years ago
Matthew Shires
Son
July 19, 2020
R.I.P to a wonderful misician of all time.. went and saw u a million times even got to meet u hug n kiss u had the time of my life u will be missed by so many of us fans
Catherine Hollibaugh
Friend
July 19, 2020
Jeff smith
Friend
July 19, 2020
A legendary voice and a fantastic guy. The voice of Syracuse lives on. RIP Benny.
Robert Keib
Friend
July 19, 2020
Sending my love and condolences to all who loved Benny. Into The Night became my song as a young teen and has remained one of my favorites to take me back. We will miss you Benny... but will always have your music. Thank you!
Amy Puthoff
Friend
July 19, 2020
Sorry for your lost, the whole world lost a great performer,my all time favorite is Christmas time on Syracuse,
Wanda Skiff
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
I never met Benny but was a great fan.He had one of the greatest voices ever.And what can I say about Into The Night.To this day I listen and am in awe of that song,that voice.Beautiful human being , and his music shall live on
Marveda Rudd
July 19, 2020
Benny was an amazing artist and person Ive gotten the privilege to get to meet him and have gone to almost all of his shows he will be missed dearly RIP BENNY ❤❤❤❤
Teresa Sprague
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
I loved Benny so much. We would see him every chance we could when he was performing here at home in Syracuse. Heaven has a new Angel.
Melissa Rank
Friend
July 19, 2020
Rest In Peace Benny.

I'll never forget the time we spent discussing the art of songwriting, while the waves crashed in the distance. Your belief in my ability will forever fuel my writing. Into the night you go Mr. Mardones. Big love and respect.
Angel Jr Roché
Friend
July 19, 2020
You are free to move and sing amongst the starts now. Rest In Peace Uncle Benny you will be missed until we meet again.
Kindra
Family
July 19, 2020
I CAN ONLY SAY I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO "INTO THE NIGHT "SINCE THE DAY IT WAS SO INFAMOUS TO THE PUBLIC. AS A TEENAGER IN THOSE DAYS I LEARNED WE YERN FOR A LOVE WE TRUELY KNOW NOT OF AND WE THINK ITS IN A BOYFRIEND ..ECT..YET IN MY TEENAGE YEARS I FOUND JESUS...AND SOMETHING INSPIRED MY SOUL WITH HIS SONG THAT CAN NEVER PART..GOD NEVER LETS ME FORGET THIS SONG
I LISTEN TO IT CLOSE MY EYES AND SEE SO MUCH OF THE BEAUTY OF CHRIST..MORE THAN I CAN EXPRESS ...SO I AM GRATEFUL TO THIS MAN AND THE LYRICS THAT HAS CLUNG TO MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY..BLESS ALL BENNYS FAMILY !!!
Jannette Mayor Ellsworth
July 19, 2020
I am so honored to have met you, so honored to have you as a friend and so honored to have you in my life. Love you Benny!! R.I.P
James Curran
Friend
July 19, 2020
Benny, you have been an important part of my life since I was a teenager. I fell in love with "Into the Night", the first time I heard it, and it remains one of my favorite songs. When I was 15, I wrote you a letter; one of the fondest memories I have of my teenage years is when you called me on the phone, to thank me for that letter I sent you. A week later, you sent me an autographed picture, which I still have- 31 years later. Over the years, I've read so many similar stories, all in which you were so gracious, kind and so grateful to your fans. Not only were you an amazing singer, you were a wonderful person- you loved your family, your friends and your fans, and they all love you back. I hope you are at peace and singing with the angels in heaven. Much love and appreciation,
Amy Snider
July 19, 2020
We will never forget you Syracuse Ny We love you Rip Benny ❤ I GREW UP LISTENING TO you went to almost all your concerts !! Had a great time at everyone of them !! I listen to you almost everyday in my car. Memories I will cherish.
Cynthia Shoultes
Friend
July 19, 2020
Your so truly loved, and touched our lives for-ever. You'll be For-ever in our hearts. I first seen you at Sylvan Beach, NY. and fell in love with you and your songs, and that wonderful voice. I will never forget, the one day I was there, you saw me crying, you didn't know why, but you gave me one of your clothes, to wipe my tears away. I am sad , that you are gone, but you are now with the sweet angels, so fly high my friend. Miss you, RIP.
Sharon weir
Friend
July 18, 2020
Rest In Peace now Benny. The world was a better place with you in it. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world. We will miss you.
Marlene Guilfoos
Friend
July 18, 2020
You will truly be missed in Syracuse NY. May you fly high with the angels and rest in peace pain free. I would also like to send my condolences to Jane, Michael and the family. I loved going to all the shows in the Syracuse area and I am so devastated. I love you Benny and I will listen to your talent for the rest my life. Amy g
Amy Gagliano
Friend
July 18, 2020
Rest In Peace Benny. Your music meant so much to many and your legacy will live on forever. Keeping your family, friends and fans in thoughts and prayers.
Donald Blanton
July 18, 2020
Rest easy Into the night Benny, you are with us every time your song comes on Yacht Rock Radio
July 18, 2020
You are a legend in the sky. Love you Benny.
Maribeth Gero
Friend
July 18, 2020
In loving memory of a Super talent, but even More Importantly, a Wonderful person who Always went Above & Beyond in showing Appreciation to his fan-friends, at least for the Over 40 yes that I knew him...and therefore, went 'Into The Night' totally surrounded by the air of love from those fan-friends.
Val
July 18, 2020
Benny I have so many good memories of you here in NY. So many concerts I have attended. Thank you so much
Dsve Ludwikowski
Friend
July 18, 2020
I will never forget the day we met and the stories you told. I was only 14 years old and new every song on your album. I'll never forget that look on your face Benny. Thank you for all your life's advice. You will be missed in Syracuse. We always looked forward to going to your shows. RIP Benny mardones
Jen Lea
Friend
July 18, 2020
To Benny you were our light in the midst of all our collective situatios and for a moment we were all in one place letting the music heal us.

May you rest in peace.

Condolences to Jane

And to Michael I'm so very sorry for the loss of your father .
Claudia Becker
Acquaintance
July 18, 2020
RIP Syracuse Loves you so very much and i would like to thankyou as a community member from Syracuse from the bottom of my heart for your love and the wonderful singing u shared with us all... Thank you Benny for your sweet sound and big heart. We all will keep the family in prayer during this difficult time and know u will never be forgotten sir....God bless and God's speed....
Mary Jarvis
July 18, 2020
David Murling
July 18, 2020
You will be forever missed. Im so glad to have lived with yall when I worked in LA. Ill forever have a place in my heart for you and Michael. Rest in piece and fly high uncle Benny! Much love to you and your family!
Michelle Antonishek
Family
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