George Benson

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Jazz Singer
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Date of Birth March 22, 1943
Place of Birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Age 77 years old
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George Benson 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.

Born: March 22, 1943, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, funk
Occupation(s): Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments: Vocals, guitar
Years active: 1954–present
Labels: Prestige, Columbia, Verve, A&M, CTI, Warner Bros, GRP, Concord, Mascot
Associated acts: Jack McDuff, Fuse One
Website: George Benson's Official site
Twitter: George Benson's Twitter profile
Facebook: George Benson's Facebook profile
IMDb: George Benson's IMDb
Spotify: George Benson's Spotify
iTunes: George Benson's iTunes

About George Benson

Jazz guitarist and singer who performed the hit "On Broadway" in 1978. His performance style has been compared to Django Reinhart.

Before Fame

He started playing at a drug store with his ukulele.

Achievement

He is a ten-time Grammy Award-winner and released a triple Platinum-selling album called Breezin'.

Family Life

He married his wife Johnnie in 1965 and they had six children together.

Associations

He was once employed by Miles Davis.

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