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GEORGE BENSON was born on 22 March, 1943. GEORGE BENSON released Twenty three albums from 1973 till 2013. The first album GEORGE BENSON released in the seventies is 'Body Talk' on CTI Records. Other albums that GEORGE BENSON recorded are 'Breezin'', 'The Love Songs', '20/20', 'Absolute Benson'. Two albums of GEORGE BENSON reached the billboard Top R&B Albums chart. The highest charted album was '20/20' from 1985. This album debuted 9 February 1985 on the Top R&B Albums chart and reached number 20 and lasts 34 weeks on this chart. Other charted albums are `In Your Eyes' #6 (Top R&B Albums) From 1976 till 1988 GEORGE BENSON released also twenty seven singles. The first single GEORGE BENSON released in the seventies is 'Breezin'' on Records. Other released tracks are '20 (1984 / WARNER BROS.)', 'Dinorah, Dinorah (1980 / WARNER BROS.)', 'Feel Like Making Love (1983 / WARNER BROS.)', 'Give Me The Night (1980 / WARNER BROS.)'.

George Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American jazz guitarist, singer and composer.

He was born and raised in the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was a professional musician from age 3.

George Benson started out playing straight-ahead instrumental jazz with organist Jack McDuff. Benson got his first experience playing with his several-year stint with McDuff's group. At the age of 21, Benson recorded his first album as leader, The New Boss Guitar, with Brother Jack McDuff on organ.

Benson's next recording was It's Uptown with the George Benson Quartet with Lonnie Smith on organ and Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax. This album showcases Benson's talent in constructing swinging bebop lines at blistering tempos. Benson followed it up with "The George Benson Cookbook," also with Lonnie Smith and Ronnie Cuber.

One of his major hits is the song This Masquerade, which is included in the top-selling album Breezin' . This album represents a shift to more commercially oriented music which brought Benson a wider audience but alienated some jazz fans.

Benson continues to play outstanding jazz guitar, as evidenced on recordings such as Jimmy Smith's Off the Top, Benson's own live album Par Excellence, and Tenderly, on which Benson is accompanied by McCoy Tyner on piano.

For his contribution to the recording industry, George Benson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7055 Hollywood Blvd.

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