Studio Guest: George Benson
Mike Vitti Interviews The Legendary George Benson This Bank Holiday Monday.
Considered as one of the most prolific Jazz and R&B treasures, George Benson has had a long and prosperous career. Since 1954, Benson has sold millions of albums, created numerous hits and giving us some of the best Jazz Funk there is. It is clear Benson is leaving behind a legacy within the Jazz/ R&B culture and he continues to make music today. The Grammy winner is quite simply a Jazz great.
Compiling some of the many great hits from the iconic Jazz player we have come up with our top five tracks from The Great George Benson.
5. Love X Love
“Love X Love” was released in the 80s on Benson’s ‘Give Me the Night’ album. It was an amazing track and entered into the UK singles chart, remaining in the charts for eight consecutive weeks. In the US ‘Love X Love’ made the Hot 100 and was a top 10 Soul hit. It’s a beautiful track which will make you want to fall in love all over again.
4. Never Give Up On a Good Thing
‘Never Give up on a Good Thing’ reached a peak position of number 14 on UK charts and remained in the chart for 10 weeks in 1982. The hit appeared on ‘The George Benson Collection’ album and is arguably his most well-known offering.
3. Turn Your Love Around
One of the singles that propelled Benson’s star power was his 1982 hit ‘Turn Your Love Around’. It is a classic slow groove that will have you either dancing or getting in the mood for romance. The song won a Best R&B Song at the 25th Grammy Awards making him one of the hottest R&B acts of the 80s.
2. The World Is A Ghetto
‘The World Is a Ghetto’ taken from his 1977 album ‘In Flight’ is undoubtedly high end Funk and Jazz at it’s best as well as lush, orchestral and smooth and it’s beautiful lyrics make you truly reflect your life.
1. Give Me The Night
‘Give Me Tonight’ is a classic dance/love song, produced by Quincy Jones. The hit record was Benson’s first commercial success and his first single to hit number one on the US Billboard Soul Singles chart. It made sure that Benson would enter the 80s on a high note.