George BensonJazz guitarist/singer. Born 22 March 1943
George Benson Biography (Wikipedia)
George 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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