Benny Mardones of Into the Night Fame Has Passed Away

Today we say goodbye to BENNY MARDONES, who died yesterday after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.He was only 73 years old. Benny is known for his one hit song, called "Into the Night". It came out in 1980, when Benny was 33 years old. It was also a hit again in 1989. The lyrics make it sound like a love song, but it starts out like this: "She's just sixteen years old, leave her alone, they say / Separated by fools who don't know what love is yet." Now, Benny has said that the song was inspired by his PLATONIC relationship with a teenage neighbor of his whose father had left her. But that doesn't explain the video, which you can see below, which starts out with 33-year-old Benny getting blocked at the girl's front door by her dad . . . then going around to the side of her house and staring at her through her bedroom window. And it gets WORSE from there . . . He spends the next 90 seconds or so pouring his heart out to her on the phone.But he's on a payphone . . . because for all we know this creep is homeless, or maybe he lives with his mom and she's currently exchanging recipes with her sister or something. Then he just can't take it anymore.He goes back to her house, climbs through her window, unrolls a MAGIC CARPET, and takes her for a ride. They don't spend too much time taking in the view before they start making out in a most UN-platonic way.And that's where they leave us, wondering what might happen next.Although it's probably best that we don't. Anyway, it's a song that was good enough to chart not once but twice. Lots of people simultaneously love it AND feel uneasy after listening to it. Check out the full video below. RIP Benny

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