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Rock and soul musician Benny Mardones, best known for co-writing and performing the hit "Into the Night," has died from complications of Parkinson's disease.

He was 73. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mardones grew up in Maryland and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. As a songwriter, he was on staff at Mercury Records in the '70s before casting out on his own in 1978 with the debut LP Thank God For Girls.

However, 1980's Never Run, Never Hide served as his breakout, as the LP included the ballad "Into the Night," which he wrote with Robert Tepper. The song peaked at No. 11 in 1980, and a rerecorded version of the tune peaked at No. 20 in 1989.

Mardones was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000 but kept performing until several years ago; in fact, he last performed "Into the Night" live in 2017.

According to Billboard, Mardones is survived by his wife Jane; a son, Michael; and sister Louise.

 

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