Benny Mardones, “Into the Night” Songwriter Dies at 73

Benny Mardones, the soft-rock songwriter known for the ’80s smash hit “Into the Night”, has died following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He passed away Monday (June 29th) in his home in Menifee, California, as confirmed by Billboard. He was 73 years old.

Mardones, real name Ruben Armand Mardones, was born November 9th, 1946 in Cleveland, though he was raised in Savage, Maryland. After high school, he signed up for the US Navy and served during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge, Mardones decided to relocate to New York City to pursue a career in music.
It was there in the Big Apple that Mardones composed multiple songs with help from writing partner Alan Miles. This period also birthed “Into the Night”, which he penned alongside fellow songwriter Bobby Tepper. The 1980 Never Run, Never Hide ballad raced up the Billboard Hot 100 chart and catapulted Mardones into stardom.

But Mardones struggled with fame, and shortly after found himself wrestling with cocaine addiction and alcoholism. As a result, he moved to Syracuse and receded from the public eye for some years, until the birth of his son Michael.

Benny Mardones, the soft-rock songwriter known for the ’80s smash hit “Into the Night”, has died following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He passed away Monday (June 29th) in his home in Menifee, California, as confirmed by Billboard. He was 73 years old.

Mardones, real name Ruben Armand Mardones, was born November 9th, 1946 in Cleveland, though he was raised in Savage, Maryland. After high school, he signed up for the US Navy and served during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge, Mardones decided to relocate to New York City to pursue a career in music.
It was there in the Big Apple that Mardones composed multiple songs with help from writing partner Alan Miles. This period also birthed “Into the Night”, which he penned alongside fellow songwriter Bobby Tepper. The 1980 Never Run, Never Hide ballad raced up the Billboard Hot 100 chart and catapulted Mardones into stardom.

But Mardones struggled with fame, and shortly after found himself wrestling with cocaine addiction and alcoholism. As a result, he moved to Syracuse and receded from the public eye for some years, until the birth of his son Michael.