Benson was born and raised in the Hill District of PittsburghPennsylvania. At the age of eight, he played guitar  in an unlicensed nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights, but the police soon closed the club down.
At the age of 9, he started to record. When this was discovered tied with the failure of his single his guitar was impounded. Luckily, after he spent time in a juvenile detention centre his stepfather made him a new guitar. Benson attended and graduated from Schenley High School.
One of his many early guitar heroes was country-jazz guitarist Hank Garland. Benson then signed with Creed Taylor 's jazz label CTI Recordswhere he recorded several albums, with jazz heavyweights guesting, to some success, mainly in the jazz field. His release, Bad Bensonclimbed to the top spot in the Billboard jazz chart, while the follow-ups, Good King Bad 51 Pop album and Benson and Farrell with Joe Farrellboth reached the jazz top-three sellers. By the mid-to-late s, as he recorded for Warner Bros.
Recordsa whole new audience began to discover Benson. With the release Breezin'Benson sang a lead vocal on the track " This Masquerade " notable also for the lush, romantic piano intro and solo by Jorge Daltowhich became a huge pop hit and LP a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. He had sung vocals infrequently on albums earlier in his career, notably his rendition of " Here Comes the Sun " on the Other Side of Abbey Road album.
The rest of the album is instrumental, including his rendition of the Jose Feliciano composition "Affirmation". InBenson toured with soul singer Minnie Ripertonwho had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer earlier that year and, in addition, appeared as a guitarist and backup vocalist on Stevie Wonder 's song " Another Star " from Wonder's album Songs in the Key of Life.
During the same year,the top selling album 'Breezin' was released on the Warner Brothers label featuring the Bobby Womack penned title track and the Leon Russell penned This Masquerade which is now a jazz standard. Ironically, Benson had been discouraged up until this time, from using his singing skills, mainly as the company decision makers felt he wasn't competent enough vocally, and he should stick to playing the guitar.
It was here LP he clearly proved them wrong. He has worked with Freddie Hubbard on a number of his albums throughout the s, s and s. The Qwest record label a subsidiary of Warner Bros. More importantly, Quincy Jones encouraged Benson to search his roots for further vocal inspiration, and he rediscovered his love for Nat ColeRay Charles and Donny Hathaway in the process, influencing a string of further vocal albums into the s.
Despite returning to his jazz and guitar playing most recently, this theme was reflected again much later in Benson's release Absolute BensonAlbum) a cover of one of Hathaway's most notable songs, "The Ghetto". Benson accumulated three other platinum LPs and two gold albums. To commemorate the long relationship between Benson and Ibanez and to celebrate 30 years of collaboration on the GB Signature Models, Ibanez created the GB30TH, a limited-edition model with a gold-foil finish inspired by the traditional Japanese Garahaku art form.
He performed at the George Benson - Shape of Things To Come (Vinyl Jazz Festival March 4—6, In September, 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. In MayBenson was featured on the Gorillaz single " Humility ". Benson has been married to Johnnie Lee since and has seven children. Benson describes his music as focusing more on love and romance, due to his commitment to his family and religious practices, with Benson being a Jehovah's Witness.
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