Tony Benedict is a founder member of the Kings of Swing. Born in Leeds and now living in St Annes on Sea, Tony won the Leisure Parcs 'Newcomer of the Year' award in 2002 for his work singing with the Blackpool Tower Big Band. A big devotee of Bobby Darin, Tony has been singing ‘swing music’since before it became fashionable. He started out as singer with ex-Syd Lawrence trumpet soloist Terry Reaney in Blackpool, with the 5th form College Big band.

Tony’s big opportunity to enter the professional world of 'singing with the Big Band' came in 2001 when he was heard by Greg Francis, resident Musical Director at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Greg instantly signed him up to sing with the Blackpool Tower Big band, and Tony went on to perform for a successive 3 years at the Tower Ballroom. In 2003, a new 'show' was developed at the Tower ballroom, 'The Kings of Swing'. This was a portrayal of the Rat Pack era, and Tony featured as lead singer of a 3 piece singing group.

In 2004, the Kings of Swing started a nationwide tour, playing to packed houses of devotees of the music. Among the many rave reviews of the show, Tony stood out as the shining new star of swing music.
Upon the release of the recent Kevin Spacey film of Bobby Darin, musical director Greg Francis decided that it would be a good idea to present a tribute to the legendary performer Bobby Darin, and he paired up Tony Benedict with the world famous Nelson Riddle Tribute Orchestra. Riddle himself was the guiding hand behind the Sinatra recordings during the 'Capitol Years', and he had also arranged music for Dean Martin and many others of the era.

Tony had always had a preference for the vocal talents and music of Bobby Darin, and he has become an absolute font of knowledge on the life and career of the singer, who had hits with tunes like 'Splish Splash' 'Dream Lover' 'If I Were A Carpenter ' and as far back as 1969, he had the number one hit with 'Mack the Knife'. (This was never a 'Sinatra' hit as is widely believed).

A plethora of wonderful music was available from the Bobby Darin Songbook. Darin himself wrote over 350 songs, and it is from this vast catologue of music, that Tony has selected the wide variety of music he sings in the show.

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