“If I could fly, I’d pick you up; I’d take you into the night and show you a love like you’ve never seen, ever seen.” Does that sound familiar?
It’s from the ’80s hit song “Into the Night” by Benny Mardones. And if the singer/songwriter could have his way today, he would give audiences a show like they’ve never, ever seen.
Playa del Rey resident Mardones is undergoing a revitalization of sorts.
He recalls the 1980 release
of “Into the Night,” selling about 4.5 million copies of the album Never Hide, Never Run. Also, there is the song’s 1989 re-
release on a self-titled album after a disc jockey in Arizona decided to randomly play the song, resulting in two million sold records, Mardones says.
The song made the Top 10 in both instances, which is a first for a solo artist, according to his biography on VH1.com. It also adds that later releases such as 1996’s Most Requested Songs and 1999’s Angel weren’t as high on the charts, but Mardones had a following because of his “raspy voice and down-to-earth songwriting.”
Over the years, he has also been featured in HBO and Showtime specials, as well as other television events.
Moving to Playa del Rey in the 1990s was a positive, as the East Coast native realized he never wanted to leave the beach. During that time, he was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
“It sort of took the wind out of my sails,” he says.
Mardones remembers feeling that it was the end of his life as he knew it. However, with the help of doctors, his Parkinson’s has become almost stabilized.
As if that wasn’t enough trouble, the singer was in a near-fatal car accident in October. Mardones was driving near his home when a drunk driver hit him head-on, leaving him unable to walk at first and requiring two surgeries — one for his right hand and the other for a shoulder.
“The good Lord had a hand on me that night, there’s no question about it,” he says.
Surviving the crash has served as an impetus for Mardones to get back on stage and entertain. On Saturday, February 16th, he has a show at the Malibu Inn at 8:30 p.m.
“This is more than just a show,” he says. “This is sort of me coming back to the living and really stepping out and saying, ‘Here I am and I’m not going anywhere.'”