“Benjamin Deane”

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


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Historical references


  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