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JAMES E. BENNETT COLLECTION, RG150, 1983-1998

Scope and Content Note

Lakeland singer and song writer James Bennett traces his musical routes to singing gospel music in the church choir as a child. He attributes his vocal strength and control as a singer to that childhood experience. Bennett has performed locally and regionally and released a compact disk of his music on the Omega-Delta label in 1994 entitled "Bennett Don't Break It." All but one of the songs on the disk were written and produced by Bennett. He has also produced a music video of one his songs entitled "The Grinn," (pronounced grind).

The James Bennett Collection was donated to the Special Collections unit of the Lakeland Public Library in 1989 and 1998. Included are audio cassette, video cassette, and compact disk recordings of Bennett performing his music, certificates of copyright registration for pieces of music written by Bennett, flyers promoting a 1998 Bennett concert, lyrics to one of Bennett's songs, a typescript copy of a poem he wrote, a photograph of him, newspaper clippings, and his first harmonica.

The collection is housed in one 5" archival box and is arranged alphabetically by subject, title, or type of record.

BOX

FOLDER

FOLDER TITLE

DATES

1

1

"Bennett Don't Break It" (audiocassette and compact
     disk)

1994

      

2

Biographical Sketch

1995

    

3

Certificate of Copyright Registration:  "Collection of
     James Bennett"

1988

     

4

Certificate of Copyright Registration:  "James
     Bennett Live"  

1983

     

5

Certificate of Copyright Registration:   "Take It Like a
     Lady"

1989

     

6

Emotional Rescue Concert:  Flyers for

1998

     

7

"The Grinn"  (music video)

n.d.

    

8

"The Grinn (holograph song lyrics)

n.d.

       

9

"James E. Bennett Collection" (audiocassette)

n.d.

         

10

Memorabilia:  Bennett's First Harmonica

n.d.

     

11

Newspaper Clippings

1989, 1995

      

12

Photograph of Bennett

n.d.

 

13

"Reasons I Love You" (typescript poem)

n.d.