"In an intimate evening of songs and stories about his days as a Staff Writer with The Beatles Publishing Co. Apple, Benny performs all the hit songs he penned for McGuinness Flint, Gallagher & Lyle, Art Garfunkel, Don Williams, Garth Brooks, Mary Hopkin, Phil Everly, Rick Nelson, Ringo Starr, etc."
Since his long overdue return to the stage and the recent release of his OnStage "live" CD all of us here at OnSong have been working tirelessly towards our goal of making sure that the entire backlog of one of the UK's foremost Songwriters new compositions would be available to the general public.
An excerpt from the Album liner notes:
For 40 years and more, Benny Gallagher has been writing, composing, arranging and performing timeless classics. Small wonder then that, with Graham Lyle, he was one of the first songwriters to be signed by Apple Publishing. Success as an artist quickly followed when the legendary McGuinness Flint stormed the charts with When I'm Dead And Gone and Malt and Barley Blues.
Then came seven more albums and world tours with the majestic Gallagher & Lyle - by which time Bennys reputation was cemented as one of the UKs foremost songwriters of his generation. Just a small smattering of those to have covered his songs are Art Garfunkel; Bryan Ferry; Colin Blunstone; Don Williams; Donovan Frankereiter; Elkie Brooks; Fairport Convention; Garth Brooks; Jim Capaldi; Joe Brown; Judith Durham; Little Anthony and the Imperials; Mary Hopkin; Phil Everly; Ricky Nelson; Ringo Starr; Rita Coolidge; Simon and Garfunkel; Status Quo;The Fureys & Davey Arthur; and LemonJelly....
But, heck, this is no back catalogue album. It is an album of all new gems, replete with wish-Id written-that hook lines, exhibiting the work of a master craftsman right at the top of his game. In this collection, there are intricate tales of life and love; the Caribbean Island of Montserrat; glimpses of Bennys beloved New York City, including tales of the Roseland Ballroom and Brooklyn Dodgers baseball legends Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays; Robert Louis Stevenson; rock 'n' roller Ronnie Lane; the shipyards on the River Clyde; the pursuit and realisation of dreams - and various other aspects of that elusive thing we call the human condition.Bob Wood
Benny began his songwriting career as a staff writer with the Beatles Music Publishing Co.- Apple - writing songs for his lifelong friend and Apple Records biggest solo recording artist Mary Hopkin - he has always considered those "formative" days at Apple, and, especially, the constant encouragement of Paul McCartney, as one of the most important factors in his development as a songwriter.
1970 saw his band McGuinness Flint storm the charts with G&L hit songs When I'm Dead and Gone and Malt and Barley Blues.
Then came a string of highly acclaimed Gallagher and Lyle Albums - a brief interlude to record the hit single How Come and the Album Anymore for Anymore with Ronnie Lane and the Slim Chance Band - eventually culminating in the hugely successful Breakaway album containing the richly romantic hit singles Heart on my Sleeve and I Wanna Stay With You - his work went on to receive the ultimate acknowledgement and an introduction to an even wider audience when Art Garfunkel recorded the iconic song Breakaway.
It is a testament to the enduring quality of his song-writing that:
1. Simon & Garfunkel performed A Heart in New York in their Concert in Central Park to an audience of approx. 500,000.
2. Garth Brooks also chose to perform A Heart in New York in his Concert in Central Park to an audience of approx. 750,000.
3. Don Williams took the classic Stay Young to No.1 in the Country Charts generating well in excess of 1,000,000 airplays on US Radio.
4/ Gallagher and Lyle were recipients of the 2010 Nordoff- Robbins Tartan Clef Lifetime Achievement Award.
On record he has worked with: Paul McCartney - Eric Clapton - Pete Townsend - Ronnie Lane - Ronnie Wood - Gary Brooker - Georgie Fame - Mary Hopkin - Elkie Brooks - Ralph McTell - Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention, as well as Blues legends Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (composer of That's Alright Mama for Elvis Presley) and Champion Jack Dupree.
Benny spent two years as founding Director and seven years as Chairman of P@MRA - The Performing Artists Media Rights Association administering the right to equitable remuneration for U.K. Performers.
During his time at P@MRA Benny was able to achieve a long term ambition by visiting Japan to successfully negotiate and later conclude a deal with Geidankyo (The Japanese equivalent of P@MRA) which now provides all U.K. performers with Equitable Remuneration from Japan - for the very first time!
Under Benny's stewardship, between19962002, P@MRA distributed over £20m to UK Performers as Equitable Remuneration for the use of their recordings.
In 2001 he was deemed a Companion of LIPA the world renowned Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and presented with this Award by co-founders Mark Featherstone-Witty and Paul McCartney, alongside fellow Companions Singer-Songwriter Joan Armatrading and Architect of Punk Malcolm MacLaren.
2.Happy Birthday Ruthy Baby
Singles: "When I'm Dead and Gone" - "Malt and Barley Blues" - "Happy Birthday Ruthy Baby"
Gallagher & Lyle:
1.Gallagher & Lyle
2.Willie and the Lapdog
4. The Last Cowboy
6. Love on the Airwaves
7. Lonesome No more
Singles: "Breakaway" - "I Wanna Stay With You" - "Heart On My Sleeve"
Ronnie Lane and The Slim Chance Band
Album: Anymore for Anymore
Single: 'How Come'
1. Benny Gallagher: On Stage
2. At the Edge of the Wave
Set List: 2x 45 mins.
1. Keep the Candle Burnin'
2. Would the last One leaving New York Town...
3. Let's Go Out Dancing
4. The First Leaves of Autumn
5. It Only Hurts When I Laugh.
6. Every Little Teardrop
8. How Come
9. Stay Young
10. Malt and Barley Blues
3. The Runaway
4. First Leaves Of Autumn
5. A Heart In New York
6. I Wanna Stay With You
7. Heart On My Sleeve
8. When I'm Dead And Gone
I Believe In You
1 HOUR SET LIST:
1. Would the last one...
3. The Runaway
4. First Leaves Of Autumn
5. A Heart In New York
6. Stay Young
7. I Wanna Stay With You
8. Heart On My Sleeve
9. Malt and Barley Blues
10. When I'm Dead And Gone
11. I Believe In You