Legendary 10-time Grammy Award winner GEORGE BENSON – whose illustrious career spans five hit-packed decades – is to play Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer.The live show on JULY 1, 2017 will feature George’s unmistakable voice, masterful guitar playing and an evening packed with unforgettable classics.Tickets for the concert at Scarborough OAT – Europe’s largest outdoor theatre – go on sale at 9am on Thursday December 15.George said: "I'm looking forward to performing at Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer. The UK fans are some of the best in the world and every show is a special experience for us all. Come and join the Benson Party!"George has played a to sell-out audiences this year, including an unforgettable night at London’s Royal Albert Hall, following on from the 2015 release of George Benson: The Ultimate Collection – a 36-song collection of his greatest hits.His stunning back catalogue includes such classics as Give Me The Night, Lady Love Me (One More Time}, Turn Your Love Around, Love X Love and Never Give Up On A Good Thing and In Your Eyes.The winner of 10 Grammy Awards, as well as becoming a NEA Jazz Master, George has used his jazz roots as the foundation for an engaging mix of pop, R&B and other shades that add up to a style that appeals to a broad mainstream audience.He continues to astound and engage audiences taking his creative expression to new heights as he did with 2013’s Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole an exemplary work of art and fitting tribute to a legend.George joins Cliff Richard, The Beach Boys, Olly Murs, Jess Glynne, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey Virtue and indie stars The Charlatans among the star-studded headliners already announced at Scarborough OAT for 2017.George’s Scarborough OAT concert is presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor, whose Director Peter Taylor said: “George Benson is a music icon, a multi-Grammy Award winner and the man behind a stunning catalogue of classic songs.“His appearance at Scarborough OAT is going to be something truly special for music fans.”Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday December 15. They are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com and in person or by calling Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (0844 844 0444 ) or Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).