Steven Benderoth, 60

Musician and composer

March 28, 2007

Steven C. Benderoth, a musician and composer of advertising jingles, died March 16 of kidney failure at his New York City home. He was 60.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Liberty Road in Randallstown, he was a 1964 graduate of Milford Mill High School, where he appeared in plays. He also played keyboard in a teen rock band and studied at the Freitag School of Music.

"He was a natural singer and performed at old Cadoa Hall in something called the Boogie- Woogie Blues," said a childhood friend, Kathy Jewell, who lives in New York. "He played by ear and could compose quickly."

He earned a drama degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. After returning to Baltimore, he worked in the promotions department for WBAL-TV. He also played in a rock band, the Collection.

He moved to New York to be a songwriter and bass player for the 1960s rock group Graffiti, and recorded an album with ABC-Paramount. He later appeared with the 1970s mock-rock group Lenny and the Squigtones.

He soon did work for the Benton and Bowles ad agency and composed a jingle for Folgers coffee. He later wrote music and lyrics for Eastern Airlines, Clairol, 7-Up and Nestle's Crunch ads.

He also appeared in the 1972 documentary Malcolm X and composed music for Oxford Blues, a 1984 film.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 28 at St. Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Ave., New York City.

Survivors include two daughters, Alexandra C. Benderoth and Samantha L. Benderoth, both of Fairfield, Conn.; a brother, Mick Benderoth of East Hampton, N.Y.; a sister, Mindy Sue Kline of Finksburg; and a companion, Karen Cooper of St. John, Nova Scotia. His 1988 marriage to Terry Lee Johnson ended in divorce.

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