Richard Benson (musician)

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Richard Benson
Richard Benson in 2014 during a show in Ciampino, Italy
Richard Benson in 2014 during a show in Ciampino, Italy
Background information
Birth nameRichard Philip Henry John Benson
Born(1955-03-10)10 March 1955
Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
Died10 May 2022(2022-05-10) (aged 67)
Rome, Italy
GenresProgressive rock
Blues rock
Hard rock
Heavy metal
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1971–2022

Richard Philip Henry John Benson, known as Richard Benson (10 March 1955[1] – 10 May 2022) was an English–Italian guitarist.

Career[change | change source]

Benson probably moved to Rome in 1965. In 1971 he joined the progressive rock band Buon Vecchio Charlie. In 1972, he took part in the festival "Villa Pamphili".[2]

From 1978 to 2013 he hosted TV shows relating to new musical releases of the time. The music was mostly hard rock and heavy metal, but also jazz, funk, blues, fusion and Italian rock.

In 1983, Benson released his first LP, Animal Zoo. In 1984, he released the LP Renegade. In 1987 he was included on the compilation album, Metal Attack (RCA Italy – Talent).

In 1992, Benson played himself in Carlo Verdone's movie Maledetto il giorno che t'ho incontrato. In the second half of the 1990s he gave concerts in Rome. In 1999, he released his first CD, Madre Tortura.

Benson has then appeared in Italian national broadcast television as a music critic (Rai 2), together with Max Giusti. His work in the show was comical instead of serious. He played a sort of parody of his own character. In June 2013, he created an online television channel, "RichardBensonTV". He hosts a show there about heavy metal music. RichardBensonTv closed after just over a year.

In 2015 he released his second CD, L'inferno dei vivi.[3]

In November 2016, it was announced that Benson had heart disease.[4] He died in Rome on 10 May 2022, at the age of 67.[5]

Discography[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Richard Benson". BBC. Retrieved 19 January 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. (in Italian) Infos at
  3. (in Italian) Richard Benson torna nei negozi con "L'inferno dei vivi, Panorama, 18 March 2015.
  4. Roma, Richard Benson è malato: "Sono rimasto senza un soldo, aiutatemi",
  5. "Morto Richard Benson, il musicista aveva 67 anni". 10 May 2022.

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