Transcript of interview with Jean Bennett by Claytee D. White, July 8, 2008


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Transcript of interview with Jean Bennett by Claytee D. White, July 8, 2008
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White, Claytee D.
Interview with Jean Bennett conducted by Claytee D. White on July 8, 2008. Bennett's early rock-and-roll career blossomed with music producer Buck Ram, who sold her the legal rights to the Platters in 1966. Bennett's assistant Gayle Schreiber also contributes to the interview.
Jean Bennett oral history narrative explores her journey from Barnsdall, Oklahoma in the 1920s to living with her grandmother in Missouri. Her vocal talents were evident at a young age and she was challenged to use her coloratura voice in high school competitions. She married young, started a family and eventually moved to California where she hoped pursuing her singing dreams would be simple. She tells the story of how she came to work for Buck Ram, who wrote, produced and/or arranged for the Platters, the Drifters and many more singing groups of early rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues genre. In 1966 Ram sold Jean the legal rights to the Platters performing group. This relationship was complicated when other groups using the name popped up. She also brings to life music industry stories that occurred during her career with Ram, including meeting and working with a sundry of popular music entertainers from the 1950s on. Also contributing to this interview is Jean's assistant, Gayle Schreiber.
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