Benny Turner


Oral History Information

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Musician, Guitarist

Benny Turner grew up in a music family and after his brother, Freddie King, took him to a session with Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon, he was hooked. While Benny played guitar with the Kindly Shepherds in the 1950s, he also spent time playing bass with Freddie and touring with R&B singer Dee Clark. Following the devastating loss of his brother, Benny took a break from music until he was pulled back into playing by Mighty Joe Young. After his return, Benny went on to serve as bandleader and bass player for Marva Wright for 20 years. A true bluesman, Benny has overcome the loss of close family and friends to persevere and rise to new heights with the 2014 release of “Journey” under his own name.