George Benson (jazz guitarist/singer)

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George Washington Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American jazz fusion guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his professional career at the age of 19 as a jazz guitarist.

A former child prodigy, Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others. He then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. His album Breezin' was certified triple-platinum, hitting no. 1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976. His concerts were well attended through the 1980s, and he still has a large following. Benson has won ten Grammy Awards and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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2024Dreams Do Come True: When George Benson Meets Robert Farnon (feat. The Robert Farnon Orchestra)George Benson1


1964The New Boss Guitar of George BensonGeorge Benson45
1966It’s UptownGeorge Benson56
1966The George Benson CookbookGeorge Benson310
1968Giblet GravyGeorge Benson53
1968Shape of Things to ComeGeorge Benson47
1969GoodiesGeorge Benson22
1969Tell It Like It IsGeorge Benson49
1970The Other Side of Abbey RoadGeorge Benson10
1971Beyond the Blue HorizonGeorge Benson48
1971White RabbitGeorge Benson57
1973Body TalkGeorge Benson38
1974Bad BensonGeorge Benson6
1976Breezin’George Benson220
1976Benson & FarrellGeorge Benson & Joe Farrell24
1976Good King BadGeorge Benson36
1977In FlightGeorge Benson314
1978Erotic MoodsGeorge Benson With The Harlem Underground Band1
1978SpaceGeorge Benson21
1979Livin’ Inside Your LoveGeorge Benson7
1979Lonnie Smith featuring George Benson, Ron CarterLonnie Smith feat. George Benson, Ron Carter41
1980Give Me the NightGeorge Benson13
1983In Your EyesGeorge Benson8
1983Pacific FireGeorge Benson2
1984I Got a Woman and Some BluesGeorge Benson34
198520/20George Benson311
1986While the City Sleeps…George Benson54
1987CollaborationGeorge Benson & Earl Klugh213
1988Twice the LoveGeorge Benson2
1989TenderlyGeorge Benson55
1990Big Boss BandGeorge Benson featuring The Count Basie Orchestra2
1993Love RemembersGeorge Benson4
1996That’s RightGeorge Benson44
1998Standing TogetherGeorge Benson44
1998Jazz GuitarGeorge Benson1
1998Members EditionGeorge Benson1
2000Absolute BensonGeorge Benson4
2001Jazz Café presents George BensonGeorge Benson1
2003IrreplaceableGeorge Benson4
2006Givin’ It UpGeorge Benson & Al Jarreau14
2007The Supreme Guitarists Vol. 1Pat Metheny, George Benson1
2009Songs and StoriesGeorge Benson56
2011Guitar ManGeorge Benson47
2013Inspiration (A Tribute to Nat King Cole)George Benson25
2019Walking to New OrleansGeorge Benson3
2022Love For SaleGeorge Benson1

Album + Compilation

1976Blue BensonGeorge Benson51
1976Benson BurnerGeorge Benson3
1977George Benson / Jack McDuffJack McDuff & George Benson13
1977SummertimeGeorge Benson1
1978Stormy WeatherGeorge Benson1
1978The Best Of George BensonGeorge Benson44
1981The George Benson CollectionGeorge Benson59
1984The Silver CollectionGeorge Benson2
1985The Love SongsGeorge Benson1
1986WitchcraftGeorge Benson3
1987Compact Jazz: George BensonGeorge Benson2
1989Best of George BensonGeorge Benson2
1990Grand New World - Greatest Love SongsGeorge Benson1
1991Midnight MoodsGeorge Benson1
1993InvitationGeorge Benson51
1993OleoGeorge Benson11
1993The Essence of George BensonGeorge Benson1
1993The Masquerade Is OverGeorge Benson41
1994The Best of George BensonGeorge Benson4
1994Verve Jazz Masters 21George Benson1
1994LegendsGeorge Benson31
1994The BestGeorge Benson2
1994Take FiveGeorge Benson1
1996Jazz GuitarDjango Reinhardt, Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery & George Benson1
1996This Is Jazz 9George Benson2
1996The Guitar Genius of George BensonGeorge Benson1
1997Best of George Benson: The InstrumentalsGeorge Benson2
1997Talkin’ VerveGeorge Benson3
1998Essentials …The Very Best of George BensonGeorge Benson1
1998Guitare / Autour de MinuitDjango Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Jimmy Raney, George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Elek Bacsik, Jim Hall, René Thomas, Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow & Kenny Burrell1
1998Selection of George BensonGeorge Benson1
1998The Very Best of George BensonGeorge Benson1
1999Love For SaleGeorge Benson1
2000AnthologyGeorge Benson1
2000Essential George BensonGeorge Benson1
2001JazzmastersGeorge Benson1
2002Afrodesia (compilation, first released ca. 2002)Lonnie Smith, George Benson, Ron Carter & Joe Lovano44
2003The Very Best of George Benson: The Greatest Hits of AllGeorge Benson1
2003The Greatest Hits of AllGeorge Benson1
2004Jazz Moods: HotGeorge Benson2
2006The Essential George BensonGeorge Benson2
2008Back to Back Legends: Al Jarreau & George BensonAl Jarreau & George Benson1
2008CollectionsGeorge Benson1
2010Classic Love SongsGeorge Benson1
2010Original Album SeriesGeorge Benson41
2010Top of the World: The Best of George BensonGeorge Benson2
2011Original Album ClassicsGeorge Benson1
2011The Essential SelectionGeorge Benson1
2012Doin' the ThingGeorge Benson1
2013Original Album Series, Vol. 2George Benson51
2015The Ultimate CollectionGeorge Benson34
20163 Essential AlbumsGeorge Benson1
2022Ten Songs for YouGeorge Benson1
2022George Benson: Hits & RaritiesGeorge Benson1

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