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Encyclopedia > George Benson
George Benson
Photo credit: Don Ver Ploeg for the photos 2003 Rochester International Jazz Festival, 2003
Born March 22, 1943, Pittsburgh
Genre(s) Jazz
Notable guitars Ibanez GB10 Signature Model - The longest running Ibanez signature model - still in production after almost 30 years

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Years active 1964 - present
Official site Official Website

George Benson (b. March 22, 1943, Pittsburgh) is an American musician, whose recording career began at the age of 21 as a jazz guitarist. He is however, better known to the public at large as a Pop/R&B singer, famous for such hits as "Give Me The Night", "Lady Love Me (One More Time)", "Turn Your Love Around", "In Your Eyes" and "This Masquerade", among others. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...

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Early career

Benson was born and raised in the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Schenley High School. He now lives in Englewood, New Jersey's Bergen County. Benson started out playing straight-ahead instrumental jazz with organist Jack McDuff. Benson got his first experience playing with his several-year stint with McDuff's group. At the age of 21, Benson recorded his first album as leader, The New Boss Guitar, with Brother Jack McDuff on organ. The Hill District is considered by many to be the cultural center of African-American life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Nickname: Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Allegheny Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18, 1816 (city) Government  - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area  - City 151. ... Schenley High School is a public school in North Oakland, the cultural and educational center of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. It is one of four International Baccalaureate high schools in Pennsylvania. ... Map highlighting Englewoods location within Bergen County. ... Brother Jack McDuff (September 17, 1926 - January 23, 2001) was a jazz organist and bandleader prominent during the soul jazz era of the 1960s. ...


Benson's next recording was It's Uptown with the George Benson Quartet with Lonnie Smith on organ and Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax. This album showcases Benson's talent in constructing swinging bebop lines at blistering tempos. Benson followed it up with The George Benson Cookbook, also with Lonnie Smith and Ronnie Cuber. Dr. Lonnie Smith was born in Lackawanna, New York, (just outside of Buffalo) His affinity for R&B melded with his own personal style, and he quickly became a local legend. ... Ronnie Cuber (born December 25, 1941 in New York City) is primarily a jazz baritone saxophonist. ...


Miles Davis employed Benson's talents in the mid 1960s; Benson played guitar on Paraphenalia, which appeared on the trumpeter's 1967 Columbia release, Miles in the Sky. He went to Verve Records for a spell afterwards. Then, Creed Taylor signed him up for his CTI label, where he recorded numerous albums with jazz heavyweights guesting to limited financial success. Benson also did his versions of The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road which he entitled, The Other Side Of Abbey Road (also released in 1969) and "White Rabbit" (originally written and recorded by San Francisco rockgroup Jefferson Airplane) around this time. Miles Dewey Davis III (26 May 1926 – 28 September 1991) was one of the most influential musicians of the latter half of the 20th century. ... Miles in the Sky is an album recorded in January and May 1968 by the Miles Davis quintet. ... Verve Records is an American Jazz record label, founded by Norman Granz in 1956, which absorbed the catalogues of his earlier labels: Norgran Records and Clef Records (founded 1953). ... Creed Taylor (b. ... CTI may stand for: The School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems (CTI) at DePaul University Corrugated Technologies, Inc. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version - originaly making it a hidden track. ... White Rabbit is a psychedelic rock song from Jefferson Airplanes 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ...


1970s and 1980s

By the mid to late 1970s, as he recorded for Warner Bros. Records (he had recently signed with them), a whole new audience began to discover Benson for the first time. With the 1976 release Breezin' (also the name of a memorable instrumental which became an AM Radio staple), Benson began to put his vocal on some tracks, such as "This Masquerade," which was the first song to make #1 on the Billboard pop, jazz and R&B charts (Benson had used his vocals on some songs earlier in his career, notably his rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" on the Other Side of Abbey Road record).[1] Warner Bros. ... Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... This Masquerade is a song composed by Leon Russell. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Here Comes the Sun is a song by George Harrison from The Beatles 1969 album Abbey Road. ...

Music samples:
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He can play in just about any style -- from swing to bop to R&B to pop -- with supreme taste, a beautiful rounded tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing.[2]

On the strength of "This Masquerade" (it also won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year) and the electrifying live take of the classic "On Broadway" recorded about a year later (from the 1977 release Weekend in L.A. and which also won a Grammy), he was able to crack through via the Pop and R&B Top Ten and as the 1970s wound down, songs such as the aforementioned "Give Me The Night" (which was produced by Quincy Jones), "Turn Your Love Around" and others became big hits for Benson as well. On Warner Bros., Benson accumulated three other platinum LP's and two gold albums. Image File history File links George_Benson_-_Breezin. ... Image File history File links George_Benson_-_Breezin. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Image File history File links George_Benson_-_This_Masquerade. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The jejejeje Record of the Year is one of the four most prestigious Grammy Awards presented annually. ... On Broadway is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Quincy Delightt Jones Jr. ... Turn Your Love Around is one of many major R&B, Jazz and Pop hit singles for George Benson. ...


He also recorded the original version of "Greatest Love of All" for the 1977 Muhammad Ali bio-pic, The Greatest, (which was later recorded successfully as a cover by Whitney Houston). Greatest Love of All is the fourth and final single from Whitney Houstons self-titled first album, Whitney Houston, released in April 1986. ... “Cassius Clay” redirects here. ... The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, actress, film producer, and former model. ...


Later and current career

By the mid 1980s, Benson cooled down a bit on the charts and spent the rest of the decade and the 1990s and up till today, recording jazz albums that once again showcase his guitar work. To this day, he continues to tour and record his music.


In 1985 Benson and guitarist Chet Atkins succeeded on the smooth jazz charts with their collaboration "Sunrise," one of two songs from the duo released on Atkins' disc "Stay Tuned." Producer Mike Poston states Benson and Atkins recorded an entire album's worth of music, but due to disagreements between lawyers for their record companies, the rest of the material has never been released. Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... Smooth jazz is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from, among other sources, funk, pop and R&B. Since the late 1980s, it has become highly successful as a radio format; one can tune...


In 1992 Benson appeared on Jack McDuff's Colour Me Blue album.


George Benson will co-headline with Al Jarreau on an international tour to promote their 2006 album "Givin' It Up" where they will perform in S.Africa, Australia and New Zealand in summer 2007. Alwyn Lopez Al Jarreau (born April 12, 1940) is an American singer. ...


One of his songs, "Affirmation", was used during the "Gamblers and Gallantry" episode of Samurai Champloo during the brothel escape. Samurai Champloo ) is an anime series consisting of twenty-six episodes. ...


Discography

Taken from the Dutch Wikipedia.


Albums

Title Release Remarks
George Benson/Jack McDuff 1964 -
The New Boss Guitar 1964 -
Benson Burner 1965 -
This is Jazz, Vol. 9 1965 -
Its Uptown 1966 -
George Benson Cookbook 1966 -
Blue Benson 1967 -
Willow Weep For Me 1967 -
Giblet Gravy 1968 -
Shape of Things to Come 1968 -
Goodies 1968 -
Tell It Like It Is 1969 -
The Other Side of Abbey Road 1969 -
I Got A Woman And Some Blues 1970 -
Beyond the Blue Horizon 1971 recorded at Van Gelder Studios (NL)
White Rabbit 1971 -
Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon Vol. 1 & 2 1973 Live
Wichcraft 1973 Live
Body Talk 1973 -
Bad Benson 1974 -
In Concert-Carnegie Hall 1975 Live
Good King Bad 1975 -
Breezin' 1976 -
Benson & Farrell 1976 -
In Flight 1977 -
Livin' Inside Your Love 1977 -
Weekend in L.A 1977 -
Space Album 1978 -
In Your Eyes 1978 -
Take Five 1979 -
Cast Your Fate to the Wind 1980 -
Give Me The Night 1980 -
GB 1981 -
The George Benson Collection 1981 -
Pacific Fire 1983 -
20-20 1984 -
Live in Concert 1984 Live
While The City Sleeps… 1986 -
Collaboration 1987 -
Twice the Love 1988 -
Tenderly 1989 -
Big Boss Band 1990 -
Midnight Moods 1991 -
The Essence of George Benson 1992 -
Love Remembers 1993 -
The Most Exciting New Guitarist on the Jazz Scene 1994 -
California Dreamin' 1996 -
Lil Darlin' 1996 -
Thats Right 1996 -
Standing Together 1998 -
Masquerade 1998 -
The Masquerade Is Over 1999 -
Absolute Benson 2000 -
All Blues 2001 -
Blue Bossa 2002 -
After Hours 2002 -
Irreplaceable 2004 -
Golden Legends Live 2004 -
Jazz After Hours with George Benson 2005 -
Best of George Benson 2005 Live
Givin' It Up 2006 Al Jarreau/George Benson

Livin Inside Your Love is a double-LP by jazz musician George Benson, which was released in 1977. ... Standing Together is an album by jazz musician George Benson, which was released in 1998. ...

Samples

  • of "This Masquerade" - originally from Breezin' album,[1] 1976

See also

  • Organ trio, a type of small jazz ensemble in which Benson often performed
  • Ibanez GB-10
  • Smooth Jazz artists

An organ trio, in a jazz context, is group of three jazz musicians, typically consisting of a Hammond organ player, a drummer, and either a jazz guitarist or a saxophone player. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Smooth jazz is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from, among other sources, funk, pop and R&B. Since the late 1980s, it has become highly successful as a radio format; one can tune...

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Breezin'" album information
  2. ^ VH1 - Artists bio

External links

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NAME Benson, George
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer-guitarist
DATE OF BIRTH May 22, 1943
PLACE OF BIRTH
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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George Benson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (367 words)
George Benson (born March 22, 1945) is an American jazz guitarist, singer and composer.
Benson's next recording was It's Uptown with the George Benson Quartet with Lonnie Smith on organ and Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax.
Benson continues to play outstanding jazz guitar, as evidenced on recordings such as Jimmy Smith's Off the Top, Benson's own live album Par Excellence, and Tenderly, on which Benson is accompanied by McCoy Tyner on piano.
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