Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fast facts on George Benson

* Born March 22, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

* Started playing the ukelele at the age of 8

* Recorded first single "She makes me mad" at the age of 10

* Became a jazz guitarist and vocalist and recorded his first album "The New Boss Guitar" in 1964. He has since recorded pop and R&B songs

* Played on Miles Davis 1968 album "Miles in the sky"

* "This Masquerade" was a Billboard top 10 hit in 1976 and won him a Grammy Award for "Record of the Year"

* Recorded original version of "Greatest Love of all" for the 1977 movie about Muhammad Ali "The Greatest"

* Other well known singles include "On Broadway", "Give me the night", "Love X Love", Turn your love around"

* Has won a total of 11 Grammy awards

* Still keeps up a hectic touring schedule

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