Personalities | George Benson | Eighties | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1943)

A child jazz guitar prodigy, Benson later recorded with giants of the genre Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. In his mid-30s he followed in the crossover footsteps of Nat ‘King’ Cole and Louis Armstrong, reinventing himself as a honey-toned, R&B singer. 1976’s Breezin’ set him on his way, and he consolidated his pop star status with In Flight (1977) and 1980’s Give Me The Night, the title track of the latter his biggest US hit single at No. 4.

Styles & Forms | Eighties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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