George Benson

Born 22 March 1943.

jazz guitarist/singer

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Full interview: the legendary George Benson joins Trevor Nelson

George shares some stories behind his selected songs featuring a number of fellow legends

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George Benson (born March 22, 1943) is a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and singer-songwriter. He began his professional career at twenty-one, as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.

A former child prodigy, Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others. He then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. His album Breezin' was certified triple-platinum on the Billboard 200 chart in 1976. His concerts were well attended through the 1980s, and he still has a large following. He has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Irreplaceable

    Irreplaceable 2004

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    ...slick and pretty but shockingly devoid of genuine expression.
  2. Review of Weekend in LA

    Weekend in LA 1991

    Reviewed by David O'Donnell
    Arguably his biggest hit and most recognisable track.
  3. Review of Give Me the Night

    Give Me the Night 1980

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    A really rather special union between George Benson and Quincy Jones.
  4. Review of In Flight

    In Flight 1977

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Benson revels in his new, commercial direction.
  5. Review of Beyond the Blue Horizon

    Beyond the Blue Horizon

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    In the company of Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette and Clarence Palmer, this reissue of...
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