“Benjamin Deane”


Benjamin Deane, the singer, is successful in business but wants more. He turns to criminal activities on the side. When his wife leaves him, he shoots her in a jealous rage. Now he is in prison, warning others against his sort of behavior


Sandy Ives says "there need be no question that Joe Scott [Joseph W. Scott] wrote BENJAMIN DEANE" (internet correspondence, based on Ives's article in JAF 72, 1959). But Laws, though he quotes this information, does so in such a way as to imply he still has doubts. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1898 - Benjamin F. Deane (born in New Brunswick in 1854) murders his wife in Berlin Falls, New Hampshire. Tried and convicted, he spent less than ten years in prison


  1. Laws F32, "Benjamin Deane"
  2. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 189-191, "Benjamin Dean" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Ives-DullCare, pp. 89-91,241-242, "Benjamin Deane" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Manny/Wilson 5, "Benjamin Deane" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. DT 686, BENJDEAN
  6. Roud #2271
  7. BI, LF32


Author: probably Joe Scott
Earliest date: 1951 (Creighton-Maritime)
Found in: US(NE) Canada(Mar)