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