Tuesday, December 1, 2009

And what a set of pipes

This was the month in 1985 when actress/model/singer Barbi Benton set a record with her sixth appearance on the cover of Playboy magazine. I'm a little fuzzy about the singing part, so I thought I'd throw this piece of trivia at you today:

What was Barbi Benton's highest charting song?

If you know the answer I have a prize for you. The men among us who recall Benton -- Hugh Hefner's go-to girl for several years -- will remember at least a couple of stunning details about her. The music? Probably not.

But believe it or not, Benton scored a No. 5 country hit in 1975 with "Brass Buckles." I remember her as a regular on Hee Haw one season, and apparently her list of TV appearances is quite impressive. She also had parts in several movies, including "Hospital Massacre," "Deathstalker" and "Naughty Cheerleader."

One of my favorite Benton quotes, about meeting Hefner: "I was 18 and he was 42. I said I'd never gone out with anyone older than 24, and he said, 'That's all right. Neither have I.' We hit it off right away, and it lasted for eight years!"

You will not find a more wholesome-looking girl anywhere. I'm unable to find a photo of Barbi singing, so this cover from her first Playboy (June 1969) will have to do.


  1. Saw her on a bus to Memphis, destination Rome. Wait, wait, that's Multi-COLORED Lady by Gregg Allman.