George Benson Biography (Wikipedia)
George Washington Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his professional career at the age of 21 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, hitting no. 1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976. His concerts were well attended through the 1980s, and he still has a large following. Benson has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- George Benson enters Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p029x17x.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p029x17x.jpg2014-11-02T20:55:00.000ZMary Escolme in Pendine, West Wales nominates George Benson for a place in Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame on Radio 2https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p029x18q
George Benson enters Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame
- Full interview: the legendary George Benson joins Trevor Nelsonhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tsdwt.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tsdwt.jpg2013-06-20T15:32:00.000ZGeorge shares some stories behind his selected songs featuring a number of fellow legends.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01bp0f0
Full interview: the legendary George Benson joins Trevor Nelson
- Teaser clip: George Benson gives Trevor Nelson his verdict on Amy Winehousehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bmnmy.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bmnmy.jpg2013-06-19T17:23:00.000ZDoes soul jazz legend George Benson rate Amy Winehouse's music? He tells Trevor Nelsonhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01bmp2n
Teaser clip: George Benson gives Trevor Nelson his verdict on Amy Winehouse
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