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|
|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.
He started playing at a drug store with his ukulele.
He is a ten-time Grammy Award-winner and released a triple Platinum-selling album called Breezin'.
He married his wife Johnnie in 1965 and they had six children together.
He was once employed by Miles Davis.
Information related to George Benson
- http://georgebenson.com Official site