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Old 05-09-2019, 03:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Schnitte View Post
He probably was, but was it ever common usage to announce the star performer of an event as the one "having the benefit" from it? I genuineley don't know, asking as a non-native speaker.
No, that's not English usage, then or now.

As noted above, Pablo Fanque regularly promoted benefits, which were literally for the financial benefit of the person named.

Here's an article about the song and its background.