"If you play music for the right reasons, the rest of the things will come. The right reason to play music is that you love it. That's why I play music."

  • Born George Benson March 22, 1943, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
  • Guitarist George Benson got his start playing for jazz organist Jack McDuff in the 1960s. He made his claim to fame in the '70s as a solo artist when "This Masquerade" hit No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was featured on 1976's Breezin', which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. 
  • Benson earned his first career GRAMMY wins for 1976 for Record Of The Year ("This Masquerade"), Best Pop Instrumental Performance ("Breezin'") and Best R&B Instrumental Performance ("Theme From Good King Bad"). He made his GRAMMY stage debut at the 30th GRAMMY Awards in 1988 with a rendition of "On Broadway" for a special New York segment of the telecast.
  • A child prodigy, Benson started his musical studies at age 7 on the ukulele because his hands were too small for the guitar.
  • He has participated in fundraising efforts to support music education for various organizations over the years, such as donating one of his signature Ibanez guitars to support All You Need Music's collaboration with the Canada Music Academy scholarship fund.

 

George Benson

"If you play music for the right reasons, the rest of the things will come. The right reason to play music is that you love it. That's why I play music."

  • Born George Benson March 22, 1943, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
  • Guitarist George Benson got his start playing for jazz organist Jack McDuff in the 1960s. He made his claim to fame in the '70s as a solo artist when "This Masquerade" hit No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was featured on 1976's Breezin', which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. 
  • Benson earned his first career GRAMMY wins for 1976 for Record Of The Year ("This Masquerade"), Best Pop Instrumental Performance ("Breezin'") and Best R&B Instrumental Performance ("Theme From Good King Bad"). He made his GRAMMY stage debut at the 30th GRAMMY Awards in 1988 with a rendition of "On Broadway" for a special New York segment of the telecast.
  • A child prodigy, Benson started his musical studies at age 7 on the ukulele because his hands were too small for the guitar.
  • He has participated in fundraising efforts to support music education for various organizations over the years, such as donating one of his signature Ibanez guitars to support All You Need Music's collaboration with the Canada Music Academy scholarship fund.

 

GRAMMY Award Results for George Benson

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Wins
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Mornin'
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
God Bless The Child
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Breezin'
 
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Take You Out
 
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Song For My Brother (Single)
 
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Got To Be There (Single)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
Big Boss Band (Album)
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
Basie's Bag (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
Tenderly (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
Collaboration (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Male
Beyond The Sea (Track)
 
Wins
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Being With You
 
Nominations
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Turn Your Love Around (Single)
 
Wins
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Give Me The Night
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Off Broadway
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
Moody's Mood
 
Nominations
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Love Ballad (Track)
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
Livin' Inside Your Love (Album)
 
Wins
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
On Broadway
 
Wins
Record Of The Year
This Masquerade
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Breezin'
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Theme From Good King Bad
Nominations
Album Of The Year
Breezin' (Album)
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
This Masquerade (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Performance By A Group
White Rabbit (Album)

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