Chuck Bennett perhaps known best in the music world for his work with Link Wray has passed away on January 29, 2009. He had suffered from emphysema and complications from cancer. He had spent much of his last years residing in a Washington D.C. area nursing home. He was 66 years of age. His real name was Charles Wayne Avery.
Chuck played bass for Link for a time and often sang vocals. His singing has been described by many as very soulful. He had a great voice for some of the screaming and upbeat tempo of the songs he sang on. Chuck was one of many who had the experience of recording at the infamous 3 track recording studio. Chuck had a great influence on determining which songs to record and their arrangements. He can be found on many of Link’s Swan recordings and also Rumble- Best of Link Wray.
Mr. Avery also recorded with Raymen alums, The Spiders, on their tracks ‘Baby Doll’ and ‘Run Boy Run.’ In addition he also recorded a 45 for the Bonnie Label which included the song ‘Seven Days’ (are made for love) which was penned by F.L. Wray and the b-side of this was ‘I went to your house.’
For more information on Chuck Bennett I suggest viewing his online obituary at: