Lorna Bennett

b. 1954, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Bennett began her musical career singing in nightclubs. Prior to Geoffrey Chung’s personal involvement in promoting Sharon Forrester, he recommended that Bennett should embark on a recording career. Inspired by her performance at the Epiphany nightclub, they recorded a version of ‘Morning Has Broken’. The single failed to generate a hit but impressed producer Harry J. , who in 1972 commissioned Chung to record Bennett’s rendition of ‘Breakfast In Bed’. The song was an instant success throughout the West Indies and made a significant impression with both the US and UK audiences. The single appeared through the Island Records -affiliated Blue Mountain label, initially pressed with ‘Remember When’ on the b-side, followed by the DJ version, ‘Skank In Bed’, by Scotty, on later pressings. Prior to Bennett’s achievement, no female performer had topped the Jamaican chart in five years. Her follow-up was a version of the Dixie Cups’ ‘Chapel Of Love’, which successfully emulated her previous hit by reaching number 1. In 1976 Harry J. licensed ‘Run Johnny’ and ‘Reverend Lee’ to Trojan Records, although neither single was able to recapture past glories. Bennett also recorded her own composition, ‘Other Woman’. Inspired by his earlier success with ‘Breakfast In Bed’, Harry J. recorded Sheila Hylton’s version of the song, which entered the UK pop chart in 1979. In 1988 UB40 recorded a version with Chrissie Hynde, which provided the alliance with a Top 10 hit. By this time Bennett had left the music business to study at university and has since pursued a successful career as a lawyer.

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