|Birth name||Ferdinand van Eis|
|Born||3 February 1949|
|Died||8 November 2020 71) (aged|
|Years active||1960s–1980s |
|Labels||Decca, Philips, DGG Records, Pathé Records|
Oscar Benton (born Ferdinand van Eis; 3 February 1949 – 8 November 2020) was a Dutch vocalist. He was also the founder of the Oscar Benton Blues Band in 1967. The band rose to fame in 1968 by being a runner up in the Jazz Festival, Loosdrecht, the Netherlands.
Benton was born on 3 February 1949 in Haarlem.  He studied mandolin and the violin at the conservatory. 
On 8 November 2020, Benton died in IJmuiden at the age of 71. 
In 1968, the Oscar Benton Blues Band released its first album, Feel so good. In 1969, they released the album The Blues Is Gonna Wreck My Life.  In 1971, they released Benton ‘71. 
He recorded two hit singles with the Dutch singer Monica Verschoor as "Monica and Oscar Benton" in the 1970s. 
In 1974, the band changed members and also the name by becoming Blue Eyed Baby. Oscar himself changed his stage name to Billy Boy Bishop.  The "Blue Eyed Baby" released the LP Blue Eyed Baby.
Oscar released his 1981 homonymous album the Bensonhurst Blues, written by Artie Kaplan and Artie Kornfeld, and produced by the EMI Records. The Bensonhurst Blues, which is considered to be Oscar’s best hit, was part of the soundtrack of the 1999 movie La Bûche. 
Earlier it was on the soundtrack of the film Pour la peau d'un flic (1979) which features Alain Delon. The earliest version of that song is that of Artie Kaplan in his 1973 album Confessions Of A Male Chauvinist Pig produced by the Hopi Records. The Italian singer Adriano Celentano, in his 2004 album C’é Sempre un Motivo, included an Italian version, named Vengo del Jazz.  The single became a number one hit in France in December 1981, and the album was certified gold.  A famous Romanian singer, Margareta Pâslaru, sings it in Romanian under the title Spuneam că nu-mi pasă (Bui bui bui). Another Romanian singer Aurelian Andreescu also recorded a Romanian language version of this song titled Îndrăgostitul. The song became the musical theme of the TV show Crazy Horse in the early 2000s.
In 2011, he released his CD album, "Oscar Benton is Still Alive".
Starting in 2016, guitarist Johnny Laporte and Oscar Benton recorded a new album titled "I Am Back". It was released on CD, Vinyl and as a digital album in 2018. 
|1981||Bensonhurst Blues||Pathé Records|
|1983||My Kind Of Blues||Polydor|
|1984||If You Go Away||Folegandros|
|1994||Best Part Of My Life||SilenZ Records|
|2018||I Am Back|
|1972||Everybody Is Telling Me||Imperial |
|1972||All I Ever Need Is You||Imperial |
|1974||My Children, My Wife composed by Charles Segal, pianist||[EMI distribution]|
|1982||I Believe In Love||Bleu Blanc Rouge, Carrere|
|1983||Not The Same Dreams Anymore||Biram|
|1983||Not The Same Dreams Anymore||Bleu Blanc Rouge|
|1983||Woolly Boolly Boogie||EMI|
|1984||If You Go Away (Ne Me Quite Pas)||Bleu Blanc Rouge|
|1986||Ooh What A Night!||Biram|
|1996||Ze Is Zoals Jij||Columbia|
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