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Into the Night by Benny Mardones (Polydor, 1980)

Born Ruben Armand Mardones, on November 9, 1946, Mardones joined the Navy after high school and fought in the Vietnam War. After the stint in the Navy, Mardones returned to New York to begin his music career. He began as a songwriter writing for Brenda Lee and Chubby Checker. In 1980, he released Into the Night. Thrust into the limelight, Mardones was left to battle cocaine and alcohol addictions. The birth of his son Michael, in 1985 helped Mardones to get his act together.

Into the Night is one of the few hits to have hit the Billboard Hot 100 twice. This was thanks to KZZP, an Arizona radio station. In 1989, they ran a segment entitled Where Are They Now? that featured Mardones. That segment renewed interest in the single which led Into the Night to regain a spot on the station’s playlist, which led other stations to catch on and led to a second chart appearance. Despite a second shot at fame, none of Mardones’ singles have ever matched the success of Into the Night.

In 2000, Mardones was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. He has quite the fan base in Syracuse, New York where he and his band, The Hurricanes, continue to perform sold out shows. He currently resides in Playa del Rey, California with his third wife, Jane Braemer.