Sat Eye Candy: George Benson


He was a celebrated, much-in-demand jazz guitarist in the '60s that blew up into one of the biggest pop and R&B sensations in the '70s. Today, George Benson turns 65, a craftsman who's continued to work in both the jazz and pop fields for more than 40 years.

For those who only know him through radio hits like "This Masquerade," "Give Me The Night" and "On Broadway," there's a long history that includes stints with Miles Davis (1967's Miles In The Sky) and Hammond B-3 legend Brother Jack McDuff. And any soul-jazz DJ worth their salt has a copy of Benson's 1969 Beatles salute, The Other Side Of Abbey Road, in their crate. We raise a glass of chilled Chablis to Benson and offer you some choice snippets of this superb musician in action.

Here's Benson interpreting "Take Five" in 1976.

Pal George Duke lends him a hand on a swinging version of Miles Davis' "All Blues".

Finally, here's Benson with a beautiful version of The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun" with the great Breezin' band in the early '70s.

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[Published on: 3/22/08]

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IPowrie Sun 3/23/2008 08:46AM
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Happy Birthday

I like the videos thanks Jambase

mackadocious Mon 3/24/2008 06:54AM
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I'm not really trying to compare the two because its unfair, but I don't understand how B.B. King gets soooo much more attention than George Benson. This guy is incredible. His voice and his chops especially; blows B.B. outta the water.

lovemusicfood starstarstarstar Mon 3/24/2008 08:37AM
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Thanks for the hookup to the video. Awesome drummer and great keyboard solo!

alltimepanic Tue 3/25/2008 03:51AM
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BB King himself proclaimed George Bensons' his favorite player of them all...BB's still the king of the blues!

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on broadway!!! :) go George!!!! happy birthday!!


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