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Benmont Tench
September 7, 1953 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I don't know about five guys against the world. It's more like five guys against these three chords, and we're gonna wrestle 'em down no matter what it takes.


We started with Denny Cordell, and he was a great record producer. He knew exactly how to take a band that knew absolutely nothing, and guide you without trying to tell you what to do.


Jeff Lynne is an arranger, and I think it's probably much easier for him to go ahead and play a part himself than to try to show somebody else what he wants. But it's hard for me to say; I barely know Jeff.


Tom would bring in songs, Mike would engineer, and we recorded about 30 songs.


Besides, I'm fairly incompetent. I can't play that fast.


I think we've always been better live.


You can go crazy and play solos in the right place, and that's great because it can intensify and bring an emotional lift. But the thing is you don't want to get in the way of the song.


I got to play on a couple of records with the Rolling Stones, and that was really special to me.


I'm playing 10 feet from Mike Campbell every night. I look across the stage, there's Howie. Tom's in the middle and we're playing all this stuff I love. It's great.


Fortunately, as we all know, it's impossible for anybody but Jimmy Smith to really sound like Jimmy Smith.


I loved working with Bob Dylan.


Sometimes you work with somebody you've never heard of because you just feel like working.


Working with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson takes you up another level.


I try to find little things that you can do to move the song along and things that serve the song.


If you call attention to yourself at the expense of the song, that's the cardinal sin.


I loved Mal Evans holding one note down on You Won't See Me from Rubber Soul.


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