Bucs' winning streak inspires another hit
By Kellie B. Gormly
Published: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 7:48 p.m.
Let's beat 'em, Bucs — again!
That's the Pirates team spirit, and Pittsburgh musician Benny Benack Jr. has turned it into a new song you can see on YouTube and Facebook.
Benack, of South Park, found inspiration for “Beat 'Em, Bucs — Again” from his father's song from the Pirates' glory days in the '60s.
Benack's father — the late Benny Benack, of the Pittsburgh jazz music scene — originated “Beat 'Em Bucs,” a song that became the anthem for Pirates fans when the team was on its way to winning the World Series. The senior Benack, who died in 1986, and his band often played the song live at Pirate games.
“After having been a pretty bad baseball team for many years, the city fell in love with the Pirates,” says the junior Benack, whose nickname is Peek. “That song really was a big hit here in town and continues to this day.”
This summer, many fans contacted Benack — who works by day as vice president of marketing for Dollar Bank — to suggest he create a new Pirates song, given the team's winning streak. He was uncertain at first, because fans suggested a remake of his father's song. He made a folksy, country-ish song. His father's song sounds jazzier. Both songs contain the lyrics: “The Bucs are going all the way, all the way, all the way — Yes, the Bucs are going all the way, all the way this year.”
“Why would I ever redo a song that was done and was done so well, back in 1960?” Benack says. “We're not going to redo the original song, but we can take the original song as a concept and come up with our own song. We'll put some of the lyrics in there that reflect what's going on today.
“Its not that we just took the old song and re-did it,” Benack says. “It's a new song, but it certainly has similarities.”
The song, which Benack recorded a week ago, is “all about just fun and hoping we'll get behind the Pirates and enjoy this time, because it sure has been a long time.”
“This is nothing that we're doing to try to make any money ... This is strictly to show our support for the team,” Benack says.
Does he believe the Pirates will go all the way to the World Series this year?
“Sure I do,” Benack says. “You've got to believe. Why not? I think we have as good a chance as anyone.”
Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at email@example.com or 412-320-7824.
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