Benny Mardones, best known for his 1980 hit song “Into the Night” has passed away at the age of 73.
Mardones’ longtime friend and record producer Joel Diamond confirmed to Billboard the news saying the musician passed due to complications from a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
His song “Into the Night” holds the rare distinction of being one of only 10 recordings to land in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart twice. The first recording came from his 1980 studio album Never Run, Never Hide with the song peaking at #11. The second entry into the top 20 came in 1989 when Mardones re-recorded the song peaking at number 20.
Mardones began his career as a songwriter writing songs for artists such as Brenda Lee and Chubby Checker. In total, Mardones has written and recorded over 100 songs.
A meeting with the legendary Richie Havens helped kick start his career as a performing artist as Mardones served as the opening act for Havens’ 1977 tour. The following year, Mardones released his debut album Thank God for Girls.
Mardones was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000. Despite his diagnosis, he continued to perform concerts for years to come until the mid-2010’s. His last public performance came on December 16,2017 when he performed “Into the Night” at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.
He is survived by his wife Jane, his son Michael, and his sister Louise. Details regarding a memorial service will be announced in the near future.