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George Benson
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George Benson performing in Madrid, 2009
Background information
Born March 22, 1943 (1943-03-22) (age 77)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1954 (as little George Benson)
1964–present
Labels Prestige 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)
Associated acts Jack McDuff, Earl Klugh, Al Jarreau, Joe Farrell, Count Basie Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Joe Sample, Fuse One, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian

George Benson (born March 22, 1943) 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.


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