Born Israel Brodsky to an Eastern European immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York , as a child he befriended a newly arrived neighbor, Sid Tepper . Their mutual interest in music led to a successful musical collaboration that lasted more than twenty-five years.

Bennett graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, then studied music at the City College of New York . Although he was blessed with a good singing voice, he decided to follow his lifelong interest in writing words and music. However, his career plans were interrupted by World War II when he served in the United States Army Air Forces . After the war, he joined ASCAP and worked as a staff writer for Mills Music Inc. (now EMI Mills Music Inc. )

In association with Tepper, between 1945 and 1970 Bennett published nearly three hundred musical compositions. In 1948, they wrote ” Red Roses for a Blue Lady “. [1] Actor/singer John Laurenz (1909-1958) first recorded the song for Mercury Records in 1948. The original 78 rpm single was issued on Mercury 5201, with Bennett credited to the record label as ‘Brodsky’. [1]

On December 22, 1948, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians recorded the song for Decca Records (#24549 A). [2] Vocalist Vaughn Monroe had the best-selling version of the song in 1949 for RCA Records . His version was a number 3 single . The song has been recorded by others including Wayne Newton , Vic Dana , Eddy Arnold , Johnny Tillotson , and Andy Williams . Bennett and Tepper scored big again in 1951 when Rosemary Clooney recorded her composition ” Suzy Snowflake “. [3]

In 1955, his 1954 composition of ” Naughty Lady of Shady Lane ” was a top 10 hit for both Dean Martin and the Ames Brothers and the novelty song ” Nuttin’ for Christmas ” by Art Mooney ‘s band and singer Barry Gordon went to No.6 on the music charts and was recorded by four other singers. In 1958, popular singer and television variety show host, Perry Como , had a top 10 hit with his ” Kewpie Doll “. [4]

Other successful artists who recorded Bennett & Tepper songs include the Beatles (“Glad All Over” appearing on The Beatles on the BBC ), Connie Francis , Tennessee Ernie Ford , Robert Goulet , Dinah Shore , Burl Ives , Eartha Kitt , Les Paul & Mary Ford , Frank Sinatra , Duke Ellington, Tennessee Ernie Ford , Marty Robbins , Jo Stafford , Wayne Newton and Sarah Vaughan . While these songs were important in the music world, they prospered significantly with the onset of rock and roll. They wrote fifteen songs for British singer Cliff Richard, including his best-selling single “The Young Ones”, which was also used in Richard’s 1961 film of the same name; [5] and two decades later in the 1982-1984 British television series of the same title, The Young Ones . [6] In 2002, Bennett was invited to England to meet Cliff Richard and sang “The Young Ones” with him, before an audience of 12,000 in Birmingham.

The most significant of his career are the forty-two songs recorded by Elvis Presley. These songs, co-written with Tepper, appear on a number of Presley’s music albums and film soundtracks.

Their collaboration ended in the 1970s when Tepper suffered a heart attack and retired to Florida. Bennett remained active and published the Choral Singer’s Handbook [7], which is still in print today. [8] Fascinated by the desktop computer, he created a software program called PowerMacros for WordPerfect.

In 2002, Bennett and Tepper were honored at ceremonies in Memphis, Tennessee by Lisa Marie Presley for their contribution to their father’s success. They were also honored for having written over a third of the tracks on the album, Blue Hawaii . [9] Tepper died in April 2015, while Bennett died on July 2 of the same year in Queens, New York, at the age of 96. 


-Respect other people’s feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.

-Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.

-It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.

-If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.

-Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.

-Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.

Roy T. Bennett Quotes

-Make improvements, not excuses. Seek respect, not attention.

-No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future.

-Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.

-When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up.

-When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.

-Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.

-The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.

-Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart; do not let compliments go to your head and criticisms to your heart; do not let success go to your head and failure to your heart.

-A smile puts you on the right track. A smile makes the world a beautiful place. When you lose your smile, you lose your way in the chaos of life.

-Stop giving other people the power to control your happiness, your mind, and your life. If you don’t take control of yourself and your own life, someone else is bound to try.

Roy T. Bennett Quotes

-Everyone you meet is a part of your journey, but not all of them are meant to stay in your life. Some people are just passing through to bring you gifts; either they’re blessings or lessons.

-Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.

-Count your own blessings, not someone else’s. Remember that jealousy is when you count someone else’s blessings instead of your own.

-More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.

-Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.

-Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.

-Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.

-Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.

-Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.

-Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.

-Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.

-Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life.

-Each day brings new opportunities, allowing you to constantly live with love—be there for others—bring a little light into someone’s day. Be grateful and live each day to the fullest.

-If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.

-Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.

-Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.

-Guard well your thoughts when alone and your words when accompanied.

-The strongest people find the courage and caring to help others, even if they are going through their own storm.

-You are unique. You have different talents and abilities. You don’t have to always follow in the footsteps of others. And most important, you should always remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing and have a responsibility to develop the talents you have been given.

-Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.

Roy T. Bennett Quotes

-Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.

-Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go.

-Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.

-Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.

-Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.

-The Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy: Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.

-Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.

-Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.

-The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.

-A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.

-Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.

-Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

-Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.

-You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can always choose how you respond to it.

-Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.

-You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.

-Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.

-Whenever something bad happens, keep calm, take a few deep breaths and shift the focus to something positive.

Roy T. Bennett Quotes

-When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.

-Courage is feeling fear, not getting rid of fear, and taking action in the face of fear.

-Perfectionism is the enemy of happiness. Embrace being perfectly imperfect. Learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself, you’ll be happier. We make mistakes because we are imperfect. Learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself, and keep moving forward.

-You are not the victim of the world, but rather the master of your own destiny. It is your choices and decisions that determine your destiny.

-Don’t let others tell you what you can’t do. Don’t let the limitations of others limit your vision. If you can remove your self-doubt and believe in yourself, you can achieve what you never thought possible.

-A smart person knows how to talk. A wise person knows when to be silent.

-Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.

-You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control the way you think about all the events. You always have a choice. You can choose to face them with a positive mental attitude.

-Never let hard lessons harden your heart; the hard lessons of life are meant to make you better, not bitter.

-Great leaders create more leaders, not followers.

-The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.

-Do what you love, love what you do, and with all your heart give yourself to it.

-Sometimes you have to lose all you have to find out who you truly are.

-The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.

-Once you realize you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make.

-Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.

-Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.

-Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.

-Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.

-We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.

-You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.

-It’s your life; you don’t need someone’s permission to live the life you want. Be brave to live from your heart.

-It’s never too late to change your life for the better. You don’t have to take huge steps to change your life. Making even the smallest changes to your daily routine can make a big difference to your life.

-Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.

-Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.

-What’s done is done. What’s gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward.

-Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.

-Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice, stop caring about what others think.

-Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.

-Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.

-Turn your obstacles into opportunities and your problems into possibilities.

-If you don’t give up on something you truly believe in, you will find a way.

-Dreams don’t work unless you take action. The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them.

-It’s worth making time to find the things that really stir your soul. That’s what makes you really feel alive. You have to say ‘no’ to other things you’re used to, and do it with all your heart.

-It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down. All that matters is you get up one more time than you were knocked down.

-Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.

-Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody’s watching, and doing as you say you would do.

-Most of us must learn to love people and use things rather than loving things and using people.

-It takes guts and humility to admit mistakes. Admitting we’re wrong is courage, not weakness.

-Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.

-You don’t have to like someone, but you have to treat them as you wish to be treated.

-Some things cannot be taught; they must be experienced. You never learn the most valuable lessons in life until you go through your own journey.

-It takes sunshine and rain to make a rainbow. There would be no rainbows without sunshine and rain.

-Focus on your goals, not your fear. Focus like a laser beam on your goals.