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Dave Benton
Background information
Birth name Efren Eugene Benita
Born January 31, 1951 (1951-01-31) (age 58)
Aruba Aruba
Genres Pop

Dave Benton (born January 31, 1951, real name Efren Eugene Benita) is a pop musician and 2001 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Benton was born on the Caribbean island of Aruba in 1951 and in his 20s moved to the United States. As a drummer and a backing vocalist, he worked with The Drifters, Tom Jones, Billy Ocean, José Feliciano and the Platters.

While living in the Netherlands in the 1980s, he met his future Estonian wife Maris on a cruise ship, then settled in Estonia in 1997. He has had a varied musical career in Northern European countries. He now lives in Estonia with his wife and two daughters, Sissi and Lisa. He performed in the German production of the musical 'City Lights' after which he was asked to replace Engelbert Humperdinck on his Australian tour.

Though he has released and produced quite a few albums already, one of which in his native tongue, Papiamento, his career to date shows him to be more of a performing artist rather than a recording one.

In 2001 he performed with budding Estonian rock singer Tanel Padar and boyband 2XL to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 with their song Everybody.

Trivia

  • Benton won the Eurovision Song Contest for Estonia but at the time, he did not speak Estonian.
  • He is also a grandfather. His oldest daughter from his first marriage, Nathaly, gave birth recently to a girl called Tanisia.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The Olsen Brothers
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Tanel Padar and 2XL)
2001
Succeeded by
Marie N
Preceded by
Ines
with "Once in a Lifetime"
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2001
(with Tanel Padar & 2XL)
Succeeded by
Sahlene
with "Runaway"
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