Dave Benton, January 31 1951, Oranjestad, Aruba
She is an Aruba-born pop musician living in Estonia. He won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001. Benton won Eurovision at the age of 50 years and 101 days, making him the oldest winner ever. Efrén Eugene Benita was born in 1951 on the Caribbean island of Aruba. His languages included English, Dutch, Spanish, and Papiamento, the island’s creole language. A daughter was born to him and he was married. During his 20s, he separated from his wife and moved to the United States. He worked with The Drifters, Tom Jones, Billy Ocean, José Feliciano and The Platters as a drummer and backing vocalist. He met his future wife Maris, an Estonian, on a cruise ship while living in the Netherlands in the 1980s. In 1997, they settled in Estonia and had two daughters. Sissi Benton, the daughter of Benton, participated in Eesti Laul in 2021 with the song “Time”, hoping to follow in her father’s footsteps and represent Estonia at Eurovision. In the superfinal, she placed second. Her musical career has spanned many countries in Northern Europe. Eight languages are spoken by him: English, Spanish, Papiamento, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, and Estonian. Having performed in the German production of City Lights, he was asked to replace Engelbert Humperdinck on his Australian tour. He has released several albums, one of which is in his native language, Papiamento. In 2001 he won the Eurovision Song Conte2 artist. In Estonian rock singer Tanel Padar and boyband 2XL with their song “Everybody.”
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