Guitarist George Benson's polished style emerged out of the innovations of Wes Montgomery, and took him from the organ trios of the 1960s to the very top of the pop charts. Benson's albums have consistently showcased his abilities as a singer and entertainer, while never sacrificing his refined jazz sensibilities and technique.
00:00:00 Give Me The Night
00:03:44 Turn Your Love Around
00:07:36 Never Give Up On A Good Thing
00:11:44 Love x Love
00:16:31 Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You
00:20:30 The Greatest Love Of All
00:26:03 Feel Like Making Love
00:36:09 This Masquerade
00:39:30 In Your Eyes
00:42:52 You Are The Love Of My Life (with Roberta Flack)
00:45:45 Lady Love Me
00:49:47 Kisses In The Moonlight
00:54:12 Love All The Hurt Away (with Aretha Franklin)
00:58:22 Being With You
01:02:17 Moody's Mood (with Patti Austin)
01:05:43 Nature Boy
01:10:03 Love Ballad
01:18:00 On Broadway
Benson was born and raised in the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of seven, he first played the ukulele in a corner drug store, for which he was paid a few dollars. 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 10, he recorded his first single record, "She Makes Me Mad", with RCA-Victor in New York, under the name "Little Georgie".
Benson attended and graduated Schenley High School. As a youth, instead, he learned how to play straight-ahead instrumental jazz during a relationship performing for several years with organist Jack McDuff. One of his many early guitar heroes was country-jazz guitarist Hank Garland. At the age of 21, he recorded his first album as leader, The New Boss Guitar, featuring McDuff. Benson's next recording was It's Uptown with the George Benson Quartet, including Lonnie Smith on organ and Ronnie Cuber on baritone saxophone. Benson followed it up with The George Benson Cookbook, also with Lonnie Smith and Ronnie Cuber on baritone and drummer Marion Booker. Miles Davis employed Benson in the mid-1960s, featuring his guitar on "Paraphernalia" on his 1968 Columbia release, Miles in the Sky before going to Verve Records.