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Richard Dyer-Bennet

Richard Dyer-Bennet (October 6, 1913, Leicester, England - December 14, 1991, Monterey, Massachusetts) was an English-born American folk singer (or his own preferred term, "minstrel"), recording artist, and voice teacher.

Richard Dyer-Bennet at home in Massachusetts

Dyer-Bennet studied voice with Gertrude Wheeler Beckman and Sven Scholander, and from the first made his living singing. During his peak performance years, he gave 50 concerts a year. He recorded extensively for many labels, and eventually founded his own, Dyer-Bennet Records, and recorded in his own living room. The albums he recorded on his own label have been re-released on CD by Smithsonian Folkways. The CD Richard Dyer-Bennet 1 includes a biographical essay written by Dyer-Bennet's daughter, Bonnie, which highlights his progressive politics and his battle with a debilitating stroke in later life (he taught himself to play harp one-handed so that he could continue to perform and teach).

A biography - Richard Dyer-Bennet: The Last Minstrel - by Paul O Jenkins was published in December 2009 by the University Press of Mississippi. The book chronicles Dyer-Bennet's eventful life and includes a foreword by his daughter.


  • Discography 1
  • Bibliography 2
  • Videography 3
  • External links 4


Dyer-Bennet Records releases
  • 1949: Richard Dyer-Bennet: Twentieth Century Minstrel (Decca DLP 5046)
  • 1955: Richard Dyer-Bennet 1
  • 1956: Richard Dyer-Bennet 2
  • 1956: Richard Dyer-Bennet 3
  • 1957: Richard Dyer-Bennet 4
  • 1958: Richard Dyer-Bennet 5: Requests
  • 1958: Richard Dyer-Bennet 6: Songs With Young People in Mind
  • 1958: Richard Dyer-Bennet 7: Beethoven Scottish and Irish Songs
  • 1959: Richard Dyer-Bennet 8: Gems of Minstrelsy
  • 1960: Richard Dyer-Bennet 9
  • 1962: Mark Twain's 1601
  • 1962: Richard Dyer-Bennet 10
  • 1962: Richard Dyer-Bennet 11: Stephen Foster Songs
  • 1964: Richard Dyer-Bennet 12: Songs of Ships, Seafaring Men, Watery Graves...and One Edible Rat
  • 1964: Richard Dyer-Bennet 13: Stories and Songs for Children and Their Parents
Folkways Records releases


  • 1970: The Richard Dyer-Bennet Folk Song Book. New York: Simon and Schuster.


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