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Ray Benson celebrates 71 years with birthday-bash fundraiser for HAAM

"I'll tell you, friends, I've seen a lot in half a hundred years." That's a line from "Half a Hundred Years," the title track of Asleep at the Wheel's 2021 album celebrating the Grammy-winning Austin western swing band's 50th anniversary. But when leader Ray Benson sang it with the group Tuesday night at ad agency GSD&M's back lot, he was selling his own personal seven-decade run a little short.
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Happy birthday, Ray! We're celebrating major life milestones with the legendary Ray Benson

We want to wish our friend and frontman of the band Asleep at the Wheel, Ray Benson, a very happy birthday today! There is a lot to toast to because Asleep at the Wheel has also been celebrating their 50th anniversary! For more than half a century this band has been part of the American roots music landscape and western swing music scene. Recently Taylor Ellison had a chance to chat with Ray about these amazing milestones, making an album with friends, and the power of music for all of us. Check it out.
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