George Benson

One of the most highly regarded jazz guitarists of the 20th century, George Benson was also one of the few musicians in that field to enjoy success on the pop and R&B charts with such smooth, danceable hits as "On ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

American Idol 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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New York Undercover 1996 - 1997, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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World Music Awards 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Broadway's Best 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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George Benson: Absolutely Live 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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1994 St. Lucia Jazz Festival 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Miles Davis: A Tribute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Best of the JVC Newport Jazz Festival 1990-91 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 25th Montreux Music Festival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Jon Hendricks: The Freddie Sessions 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Newport Jazz '90 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival VIII 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Evening at Pops (07/11/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Miles Ahead: The Music of Miles Davis 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Lynda Carter: Street Lights 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Casanova 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Music Central (TV Show)

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Music (11)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Pursuit of Happyness 2006 (Movie)

("This Masquerade") (Song Performer)

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

("Affirmation") (Song Performer)

Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 (Movie)

("Some People") (Song)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

song producer and performer("Dream") (Song)

Freddie as F.R.O.7 1992 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Jacksonville Jazz Festival VIII 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

("Just For A Day") (Song Performer)

All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

("On Broadway") (Song Performer)

Boulevard Nights 1979 (Movie)

("Street Tattoo") (Song Performer)

The Borgia Stick (TV Show)

Song

Biography

One of the most highly regarded jazz guitarists of the 20th century, George Benson was also one of the few musicians in that field to enjoy success on the pop and R&B charts with such smooth, danceable hits as "On Broadway," "This Masquerade" and "Give Me the Night" in the 1970s and 1980s. He began his recording career in his teens before leading his own band in the mid-1960s on several popular jazz instrumental records that showcased his nimble playing and funky renditions of pop and rock standards. The 1970s saw Benson adding vocals to a soul-jazz sound that culminated in the Grammy-winning Breezin' (1976), a triple-platinum-certified record that sent him to the top of the pop, jazz and R&B charts. He continued to mine this vein throughout the 1970s and early '80s before shifting towards smooth jazz in the middle of the decade. Though Benson's tenure as a pop artist was over by the early 1990s, he continued to remain at the top of the jazz scene without suffering any of the stigma associated with ascending to or descending from the mainstream. George Benson's skills as a jazz guitarist and soul vocalist preserved his long-running status as an enduring talent with appeal among diverse audiences.

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