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Roger Bennett

Background information
Born March 10, 1959(1959-03-10)
Strawberry, Arkansas, United States
Died March 17, 2007 (aged 48)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Southern Gospel
Occupations pianist, vocalist, songwriter
Instruments Singing, Piano
Years active 1979-2007
Labels Journey Records
Website Official website of Legacy 5

Roger Bennett (March 10, 1959 - March 17, 2007) was a Southern Gospel pianist, singer, songwriter, and co-founder of the award winning Gospel Quartet Legacy Five[1]. Prior to forming Legacy Five, he served nearly 20 years as pianist for The Cathedrals.[2 ]


Early life

Born March 10, 1959, grew up in Strawberry, Arkansas. He was raised in a Missionary Baptist home. In November 1979, Roger fulfilled his life-long dream of being a part of professional Southern Gospel music when he was invited by Glen Payne and George Younce to join the legendary Cathedral Quartet[3]. Though he would leave the group for two years (1987-1989) to serve as the president of Journey Records, Roger was the group's pianist at the time of the quartet's retirement in 1999. Roger also served as the Cathedral's lead singer for the final three months of the group's farewell tour in 1999, following the passing of long-time lead Glen Payne.[4]

Although an excellent singer, Roger is best remembered as pianist—and often a comedian—for the Cathedrals and Legacy Five. Roger received the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel Pianist 14 years in row (1993-2006).[5]

Songwriting was another forte' of Roger Bennett. Many of his songs appeared on the recordings of the Cathedrals, Legacy Five and many others. His writing talent was not limited to just songs, however. Roger was a contributing editor to Singing News, writing "Midnight Meditations."[6]

Death & Illness

In 1995, Bennett was diagnosed with leukemia. He spent some time off the road while the rest of the group continued touring. His leukemia battle would be a struggle off and on over the next twelve years. During his various periods of remission, and as often as his health permitted when the cancer relapsed, he continued to travel with the Cathedrals and Legacy Five. He received three bone-marrow transplants at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas as well as extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. However, his leukemia continued to progress, and the cancer treatments led to different health problems, including different kinds of cancer and many infections. He died on March 17, 2007.[7]

He was voted "Favorite Pianist" by Southern Gospel fans 15 years in a row, and was voted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007.[8]


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