George Benson

American musician

George Benson (born March 22, 1943)[3] is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He began his professional music career at age 21 as a jazz guitarist. He uses a rest-stroke picking technique.

George Benson
George Benson performing in Madrid, 2009
George Benson performing in Madrid, 2009
Background information
Born (1943-03-22) March 22, 1943 (age 78)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresJazz, R&B, Soul, Funk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1954 (as little George Benson)[1][2]
LabelsPrestige Records (1964–65)
Columbia Records (1966–67)
Verve Records (1968)
A&M Records (1968–70)
CTI Records (1971–76)
Warner Bros. Records (1976–94)
GRP Records (1995–2005)
Concord Records (2006–present)
Associated actsJack McDuff, Earl Klugh, Al Jarreau, Joe Farrell, Count Basie Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Joe Sample, Fuse One, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian
WebsiteOfficial website

Benson began as a child prodigy. He first came into being familiar in the 1960s. He played soul jazz with other singers. He later launched a successful solo career. He alternates between jazz, pop, R&B singing and scat singing.

Benson's album Breezin was a triple platinum studio album. It hit #1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976.

His concerts were well-attended in the 1980s. He still has a large following. He has gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


  1. Australian ABCTV Flashez interview January 1, 1977.
  2. 45 Discography for Groove Records
  3. "George Benson". All Music. Retrieved April 3, 2017.