George Benson

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George Benson
George Benson performing in Madrid, 2009
George Benson performing in Madrid, 2009
Background information
Born (1943-03-22) March 22, 1943 (age 79)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresJazz, R&B, Soul, Funk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1954 (as little George Benson)[1][2]
LabelsPrestige Records (1964–65)
Columbia Records (1966–67)
Verve Records (1968)
A&M Records (1968–70)
CTI Records (1971–76)
Warner Bros. Records (1976–94)
GRP Records (1995–2005)
Concord Records (2006–present)
WebsiteOfficial website

George Benson (born March 22, 1943)[3] is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He began his professional music career at age 21 as a jazz guitarist. He uses a rest-stroke picking technique.

Benson began as a child prodigy. He first came into being familiar in the 1960s. He played soul jazz with other singers. He later launched a successful solo career. He alternates between jazz, pop, R&B singing and scat singing.

Benson's album Breezin was a triple platinum studio album. It hit #1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976.

His concerts were well-attended in the 1980s. He still has a large following. He has gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

References[change | change source]

  1. Australian ABCTV Flashez interview January 1, 1977.
  2. 45 Discography for Groove Records
  3. "George Benson". All Music. Retrieved April 3, 2017.