Singer / Song Writer / Musician / Producer / Artist
Winston Bennett a legendary reggae artists discusses some of the highs and lows of his musical career. Also hear a snippet of his current and relevant single ‘Fifty – Four Pieces Of Ground’.
From learning guitar and music theory at the age of 12 at Tennyson School Battersea, Winston has had a long and admirable musical history.
1965 Joined the ‘The Healers’ – a pop rock outfit gigging across the UK for three years.
1968 Joined ‘Errol Daniels and the Garments’ touring the UK and US airbases in Germany
1973 Joined vocal group ‘New Experience’ and released the single ‘I Don’t Want Nobody’ c/w ‘New Experience’ on KPM / Contempo Records
1974 Formed the band ‘Seeds Of Earth’ and recorded the album ‘Planting Seeds’ on Contempo.
1975 Joined the band ‘Rico’
1976 Formed the band ‘Merger’ and released the debut album ‘Exile Ina Babylon’. Toured europe extensively.
1978 Following a Merger gig at the 100 Club, Bob Dylan who was in the audience liked them so much they were invited to be the opening act at his Picnic at Black Bush in Camberly in Surrey with an estimated 250,000 people there. Also playing were Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and Graham Parker and the Rumors. Merger continued to extensively tour UK and Europe
1979 Merger album ‘Armageddon Time’ released.
1987 Winston has the opportunity to work with Mad Professor as a session player and sound engineer in his studio at Ariwa Sounds. Discovers and works with Kofi (Brown Sugar) and contributes to some major artists’ releases on Ariwa.
1995 Recorded the album ‘Prisoner Of Your Love’ as a solo artist on the President label, with some members of Merger. With Winston on lead vocals and guitars he was backed up with Tony Osei on keyboard and bass, Ivor Steadman on bass and backing vocals Errol Ross who also engineered.
2000 the compilation ‘Merger In The Millenium’ is released on Emergency Records.
2004 joins The Young Vic theatre group with the initial production of the opera ‘Tobias and the Angel’. Other productions included ‘Julias Caesar’ and ‘KOANGA’..
2005 ‘Tobias and the Angel’ 2nd run.
2005 the album ‘It Hurts Too Much’ is released.
2005 Winston joins the band Turquoise Blue.
2010 the singles ‘Amazin” and ‘Yeshua’ are released.
2011 the singles ‘I Walk In The Spirit’ and ‘Rachel’ are released.