George Benson is an American musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter who began his career in music at the age of 21 playing jazz guitar, although he had been an early child prodigy. George Benson’s first paid gig performing was at age seven, when he would play the ukulele outside of a corner drug store for dollars. When George Benson turned ten, he recorded his first single, “She Makes Me Mad”, which he released under the name Little Georgie with RCA Records. George Benson was famous for using a rest-stroke style guitar picking technique, which was similar to gypsy jazz guitar players at the time. In the 1960s, George Benson performed with Jack McDuff playing soul jazz before launching a successful solo career where he alternated between jazz, R&B, soul and pop while scat singing.
George Benson is perhaps best known for his triple platinum album, Breezin, which hit the number one position in the Billboard album chart in 1976. George Benson worked with Miles Davis in the mid-1960s and was featured on his song “Paraphemalia” on the Miles Davis album Miles in the Sky in 1968. George Benson’s 1975 album with CTI Records titled Bad Benson quickly hit the number one spot on the Billboard jazz albums chart. In 1969, George Benson recorded a jazz guitar version of The Beatles’ Abbey Road called The Other Side of Abbey Road. When George Benson signed to Warner Bros. in the 1970s, his music reached an entirely new audience. He sang on the track “This Masquerade” one of the popular songs from his hit album Breezin’, which won him a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
Over the years, George Benson worked with many legendary musicians, including Stevie Wonder, for whom he sang backup vocals and played guitar on his track “Another Star” from Stevie Wonder’s album Songs in the Key of Life. In 1977, George Benson recorded “The Greatest Love of All” for Muhamad Ali’s biographical film, which was famously cover by Whitney Houston later on. George Benson would later win three platinum LPs and two gold albums for his work. George Benson went on to win 10 Grammy Awards in his career, including Best R&B Instrumental Performance on “Theme From Good King Bad” in 1977, Best Pop Instrumental Performance on his album Breezin’ in 1977, Record of the Year for “The Masquerade” in 1977, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “On Broadway” in 1979, Best Jazz Vocal Performance for “Moody’s Mood” in 1981, Best Male R&B Performance on Give Me The Night in 1981, Best Pop Instrument Performance on “Being With You” in 1984, Best Traditional R&B Performance on “Bless the Child” in 2007 and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Mornin” in 2007. Don’t miss your chance to see George Benson the next time he comes to your city. Score with TicketCity – the place to go for George Benson Tickets.
George Benson Tour 2016
In 2016, George Benson played a number of small shows around the US. During George Benson’s performances in 2016, he played all of his fan favorite and classic jazz songs spanning his entire career.