George Benson









George Benson

now lives in Englewood, New Jersey. He began his career when he was 21 years old and was a an American musician and avid jazz guitarist. He is also known to the public as a Pop and R&B singer. He is famous for such hits as Give me The Night, Lady Love Me, Turn Your Love Around, In Your Eyes, and This Masquerade, as well as others. He played with Jack McDuff’s group for several years and at the age of 21, he recorded his first album with his own group, The new Boss Guitar, and Jack McDuff played the organ. His next recording was, It’s Uptown With the George Benson Quartet. Ronnie Cuber played baritone sax and Lonnie Smith played the organ. He followed this up with their, The George Benson Cookbook. In the mid 1960's, Miles Davis employed George and he played guitar on Paraphenalia. Miles was a trumpeter and the song appeared on the 1967 release, Miles In the Sky. He later was signed up with the CTI label and he recorded many albums with other jazz musicians on the 1969 album, Abbey Road.

In the seventy’s George was recording under the Warner Bros. Label. In 1976 he released, Breezin’. He put vocals on tracks and his, This Masquerade, made it to number 1 on the Billboard Pop, Jazz, & R&B Charts. This Masquerade also won a Grammy Award the same year for Record of the Year. He also won a Grammy Award for his, On Broadway, which was recorded about a year later. While on the Warner Bros. label he accumulated 3 other platinum LP’s and 2 gold albums. George recorded the original version of, Greatest Love of All, for the 1997 Muhammad Ali bio-pic, The Greatest. It was later released as a cover by Whitney Houston and it was very successful.

Since the mid 1980's, George has spent his time touring and recording music. In 1985, George Benson and Chet Atkins collaborated and came up with, Sunrise, which was one of two songs they recorded on Chet’s disc, Stay Tuned. It was reported that the two men recorded an entire album’s worth of music but it wasn’t all released because of disputes among lawyers and record companies. George was on Jack McDuff’s album, Colour Me Blue, in 1992. George co-headlined with Al Jarreau on an international tour to promote their 2006 album, Givin’ It up. They will appear in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand in the summer of 2007. George has been considered one of the best jazz guitarists of his time.