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Posted on 09th May 2017

14 Facts about George Benson

American jazz legend, George Benson, is coming to Scarborough on Saturday 1st July.

Here are 14 facts you may or may not have known about George Benson!

  • George Benson is a jazz legend from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he is a musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter.
  • George first played the ukelele at age 7 and by age 10 he had recorded his first single.
  • He recorded his first couple of albums with other musicians including Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith and Ronnie Cuber.
  • In 1976 George released his album “Breezin’” which went to number one on the Billboard album chart.
  • “This Masquerade” was a single from the album which became a massive pop hit and won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. He has won 9 other Grammy awards throughout his career.
  • George featured on Stevie Wonder’s song “Another Star” playing guitar and also singing backing vocals.
  • Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” was a cover of George Benson’s original track which he recorded for the Muhammed Ali bio-pic in 1977.
  • George Benson also won another Grammy award for his live take of “On Broadway”.
  • George released his breakthrough pop album on the Qwest record label, the title track reached the top 10 of the pop and R&B charts.
  • He had many other hit singles including: “Turn Your Love Around”, “Lady Love Me”, “20/20”, “Kisses in the Moonlight”, “Love X Love” and “Never Give Up On a Good Thing”.
  • After re-discovering his love for Nat Cole, Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway, he produced a string of further vocal albums in the 90s.
  • In 2009 George was recognised as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts, seen as the nation’s highest honour in Jazz.
  • On July 27th 2009 George performed a tribute show “An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole” at the Istanbul International Jazz Festival in Turkey.
  • In September 2013, he returned to perform at Rock in Rio festival, in Rio de Janeiro, 35 years after his first performance at this festival, which was then the inaugural one.

Don't miss out on your chance to celebrate the last four decades of George Benson's career with him on Saturday 1st July. Get your tickets here: George Benson

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