Tag: George Benson

Tuesday 6/21/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: George Benson – Weekend in LA Live (1978)

Weekend in L.A. is a 1978 live album by jazz/soul guitarist George Benson. The album was recorded live at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

“Weekend in L.A.” – 7:28
“On Broadway” – 10:07
“Down Here on the Ground” – 4:54
“California P.M.” – 7:04
“The Greatest Love of All” – 5:43
“It’s All in the Game” – 3:54
“Windsong” – 6:13
“Ode to a Kudu” – 7:25
“Lady Blue” – 3:39
“We All Remember Wes” – 5:47
“We as Love” – 7:05

George Benson – lead guitar, vocals
Phil Upchurch – rhythm guitar
Jorge Dalto – acoustic piano, keyboards
Ronnie Foster – synthesizers
Stanley Banks – bass
Harvey Mason – drums
Ralph MacDonald – percussion
Nick DeCaro – additional string ensemble arrangements

Tuesday 3/22/22 11am ET: Feature Artist: George Benson

George Washington Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his professional career at the age of 19 as a jazz guitarist.

A former child prodigy, Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others. He then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. His album Breezin’ was certified triple-platinum, hitting no. 1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976. His concerts were well attended through the 1980s, and he still has a large following. Benson has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Wednesday 8/25/21 12am ET: Feature LP: George Benson – Breezin’

Breezin’ is the fifteenth studio album by jazz/soul guitarist George Benson. It is his debut on Warner Bros. Records. Released in May 1976.

George Washington Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his professional career at the age of 21 as a jazz guitarist.

The album marked the beginning of Benson’s most successful period commercially. Breezin’ topped the Pop, Jazz and R&B album charts in Billboard and spun off two hit singles, the title song (which has become a fusion jazz standard) and “This Masquerade,” which was a top ten pop and R&B hit. The album itself was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.

The album won multiple prizes at the 19th Annual Grammy Awards. The album won the awards Best Pop Instrumental Performance for Benson and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Al Schmitt and was nominated as Album of the Year for Tommy LiPuma and Benson. “This Masquerade” received the award Record of the Year for LiPuma and Benson, while it was nominated as Song of the Year for Leon Russell and as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male for Benson.

1. “Breezin'” 5:40
2. “This Masquerade” 8:03
3. “Six to Four” 5:06
4. “Affirmation” 7:01
5. “So This is Love?” 7:03
6. “Lady” 5:49

George Benson – guitar, vocals
Jorge Dalto – acoustic piano, clavinet, acoustic piano solo (2)
Ronnie Foster – electric piano, Minimoog synthesizer, Minimoog solo (3), electric piano solo (5)
Phil Upchurch – rhythm guitar, bass (1, 3)
Stanley Banks – bass (2, 4, 5, 6)
Harvey Mason – drums
Ralph MacDonald – percussion
Claus Ogerman – arrangements and conductor

Tommy LiPuma – producer
Noel Newbolt – associate producer
Al Schmitt – recording, mixing
Don Henderson – assistant engineer
Doug Sax – mastering at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, California).
Ed Thrasher – art direction
Robert Lockhart – art direction
Peter Palombi – design
Mario Casilli – photography

Tuesday 4/20/21 12am ET: Feature LP: George Benson – Give Me The Night (1980)

Give Me the Night is an album recorded and released August 9, 1980 by American jazz guitarist on and singer George Benson.

Released in the summer of 1980, Give Me the Night was produced by Quincy Jones and released on Jones’s start-up label Qwest Records, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records. It charted at number one on both the Top Soul Albums and Jazz Albums Chart as well as number three on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.

The album’s success was due mainly to its lead single, also titled “Give Me the Night,” which rose all the way to the number one single on the Soul Singles chart. Another selection on the album, “Moody’s Mood,” was recorded with R&B singer Patti Austin. Certified Platinum by the RIAA, Give Me the Night was the only album Quincy Jones produced for Benson.

This album won Benson three Grammy Awards in 1981; Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, while “Moody’s Mood” received Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male and “Off Broadway” received Best R&B Instrumental Performance. Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey also won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the song “Dinorah, Dinorah.”

  1. “Love X Love” – 4:45
  2. “Off Broadway” – 5:23
  3. “Moody’s Mood” – 3:24 (featuring Patti Austin)
  4. “Give Me the Night” – 5:01
  5. “What’s on Your Mind” – 4:02
  6. “Dinorah, Dinorah” – 3:39
  7. “Love Dance” – 3:18
  8. “Star of a Story (X)” – 4:42
  9. “Midnight Love Affair” – 3:31
  10. “Turn Out the Lamplight” – 4:43

George Benson – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 5, 7-10), guitar (1-5, 8, 9, 10), lead guitar (6), scat (6)
Lee Ritenour – guitar (2, 4, 5, 8, 9), acoustic guitar (7), rhythm arrangements (7), electric guitar (10)
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (1, 2, 3, 10), synthesizers (2, 3), Fender Rhodes (6)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizers (4, 5, 8)
Herbie Hancock – electric piano (4), synthesizers (6, 7, 9), synthesizer programming (6, 8, 9), Fender Rhodes (7, 8)
Richard Tee – synthesizer bass (4), electric piano (5), synthesizers (8, 9, 10)
Clare Fischer – Yamaha CS30 (6), acoustic piano (6), Fender Rhodes (6)
George Duke – keyboards (9)
Louis Johnson – bass guitar (1, 2, 6, 10)
Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
John Robinson – drums (1-6, 8, 10)
Carlos Vega – drums (7, 9)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (1, 2, 4, 5–8, 10)
Kim Hutchcroft – saxophone and flute (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9)
Larry Williams – saxophone and flute (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9)
Jerry Hey – trumpet (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9), horn arrangements (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9), string arrangements (1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
David Foster – string arrangements (1)
Quincy Jones – rhythm arrangements (2-10), vocal arrangements (5, 8, 9), synthesizer arrangements (8)
Rod Temperton – rhythm arrangements (2, 4), vocal arrangements (4)
Marty Paich – string arrangements and conductor (3, 8)
Sid Sharp – concertmaster (1-6, 8)
Patti Austin – backing vocals (1, 4, 6, 8, 10), lead vocals (3)
Tom Bahler– backing vocals (1, 4, 8, 10), BGV arrangements (10)
Jocelyn Brown – backing vocals (1, 4, 8)
Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals (1, 4, 8)
Diva Gray – backing vocals (1, 4, 8)
Michael McDonald – backing vocals (Uncredited)

Sunday 3/28/21 1:15am ET: Feature LP: Quincy Jones – Back On The Block (1989)

Back on the Block is a 1989 studio album, released November 8, produced by Quincy Jones. The album features legendary musicians and singers from across three generations, including Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Chaka Khan, Take 6, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge, Ray Charles and a 12-year-old Tevin Campbell.

1 “Prologue (2Q’s Rap)” 1:04
2 “Back on the Block” 6:34
3 “I Don’t Go for That” 5:11
4 “I’ll Be Good to You” 4:54
5 “The Verb To Be (Introduction to Wee B. Dooinit)” 0:29
6 “Wee B. Dooinit (Acapella Party by the Human Bean Band)” 3:34
7 “The Places You Find Love” 6:25
8 “Jazz Corner of the World (Introduction to “Birdland”)” 2:54
9 “Birdland” 5:33
10 “Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)” 5:05
11 “One Man Woman” 3:44
12 “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)” 4:46
13 “Prelude to the Garden” 0:54
14 “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)” 6:41

Quincy Jones – lead vocals (track 1), choir conductor (7), handclaps (2, 6, 9), drums (6), drum machine (2), M1 pads (10)
Gerald Albright – alto saxophone solo (tracks 10, 12)
Nadirah Ali – background vocals (track 3)
Maxi Anderson – background vocals (track 7)
George Benson – guitar solo (tracks 8–10)
Peggi Blu – sampled background vocals (track 7)
Michael Boddicker – drum machine (track 2), M1 pads (10), synth pads (10), synth programming (4, 7, 9)
McKinley Brown – background vocals (track 12)
Ollie E. Brown – percussion (track 12)
Jorge Calandrelli – synth strings (track 13)
Tevin Campbell – lead vocals (tracks 2, 12)
Ray Charles – lead vocals (track 4)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (track 10, sampled on 7)
Andraé Crouch – vocal arranger, choir conductor, background vocals (tracks 2, 7)
Sandra Crouch – choir conductor (track 2), background vocals (2, 7)
Miles Davis – trumpet solo (tracks 8–9)
El DeBarge – lead and background vocals (track 14)
George Duke – keyboard solo (track 11), Fender Rhodes solo (10)
Chad Durio – backing vocals (track 12)
Sheila E. – timbales solo (track 11)
Nathan East – bass guitar (track 9)
Geary Lanier Faggett – background vocals (track 7)
Vonciele Faggett – background vocals (tracks 2, 7)
Ella Fitzgerald – lead vocals (tracks 6, 8–9)
Kenneth Ford – background vocals (track 12)
Jania Foxworth – background vocals (track 12)
Siedah Garrett – lead vocals (tracks 3, 6–7, 11), background vocals (tracks 3, 11, 14, sampled on 7, additional on 4), choir director (12)
Tammi Gibson – background vocals (tracks 2, 7)
Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet solo (tracks 8–9)
James Gilstrap – background vocals (track 4)
J. C. Gomez – African percussion (track 2)
Jackie Gouche – background vocals (track 7)
Gary Grant – trumpet (track 9)
Reginale Green – background vocals (track 12)
Herbie Hancock – keyboard solo (tracks 3, 7, 10), synth pads (10)
Alex Harris – background vocals (track 12)
Howard Hewett – sampled background vocals (track 7)
Jerry Hey – trumpet (track 9), additional keyboards (7)
Jennifer Holliday – sampled background vocals (track 7)
Pattie Howard – sampled background vocals (track 7)
Ice-T – rap (track 2)
James Ingram – lead vocals (track 14), additional background vocals (4), sampled background vocals (7)
Jesse Jackson – narrator (track 2)
Paul Jackson Jr. – sampled guitar (track 7)
Al Jarreau – vocals (track 6)
George Johnson – guitar (track 4), sampled background vocals (4)
Louis Johnson – Moog synth bass (tracks 2, 4), bass guitar (2, 4, sampled on 7), sampled background vocals (4)
Tiffany Johnson – background vocals (track 12)
Jean Johnson-McRath – background vocals (tracks 2, 7)
Big Daddy Kane – rap (vocals) (tracks 2, 8)
Randy Kerber – keyboards (track 12), sampled keyboards (7), sampled synthesizer (7)
Chaka Khan – lead vocals (tracks 4, 7)
Michael Landau – sampled guitar (track 7)
Rhett Lawrence – Fairlight bass and analog guitar synthesizer (track 7)
Edie Lehman – background vocals (tracks 6, 7)
Steve Lukather – guitar (tracks 12, 14)
Clif Magness – sampled background vocals (track 7)
Harvey Mason Sr. – drums (track 4)
Donovan McCrary – background vocals (track 12)
Howard McCrary – background vocals (tracks 2, 7)
Bobby McFerrin – vocals, additional percussion (track 6)
Melle Mel – rap (track 2)
Kool Moe Dee – rap (tracks 2, 8)
James Moody – alto saxophone solo (tracks 8–9)
Perry Morgan – background vocals (tracks 2, 7)
David Paich – keyboards (tracks 4, 10, additional on 7)
Phil Perry – additional background vocals (track 4)
Tyren Perry – background vocals (track 12)
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (tracks 2, 4, 10–11), Fender Rhodes (12, 14)
Steve Porcaro – synth programming (tracks 2, 4, 7, 10)
Ian Prince – keyboards (tracks 3–4, 9–11), vocoder (6), background vocals (3)
Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone (track 9)
John Robinson – drums (tracks 12, 14, sampled on 7)
Derrick Schofield – background vocals (track 7)
Caiphus Semenya – background vocals (track 2)
Shane Shoaf – background vocals (track 12)
Alfie Silas – background vocals (tracks 2, 7)
Neil Stubenhaus – synth bass (track 12), bass guitar (14)
Rose Stone – choir director (track 12), background vocals (2, 7)
Bill Summers – percussion (track 8, African on 2, additional on 7), hindewhu
Al B. Sure! – lead and background vocals (track 14)
Bruce Swedien – recording engineer (all tracks), mixing (all tracks), kick & snare drums (tracks 4, 14)
Take 6 – background vocals (tracks 1, 6, 10)
Rod Temperton – drum machine (tracks 1–2), handclaps (2, 6, 9)
Ian Underwood – handclaps (tracks 2, 6, 9), synth programming (3–4, 10)
Luther Vandross – sampled background vocals (track 7)
Sarah Vaughan – lead vocals (tracks 6, 8–10)
Mervyn Warren – background vocals (tracks 1, 6, 10), voices (5)
Dionne Warwick – sampled background vocals (track 7)
Barry White – lead vocals (track 14)
Larry Williams – saxophone (track 9), keyboards (9, 13–14, sampled on 7), sampled synthesizer (7), synth programming (3–4, 11, 13–14)
Syreeta Wright – sampled background vocals (track 4)
Charity Young – background vocals (track 12)
Michael C. Young – synth programming (track 9)
Joe Zawinul – synthesizer solo (tracks 2, 8), sampled synthesizer (9)

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on Sounds of The 70s we feature music from: Steve Miller Band, Captain and Tennille, Santana, George Benson, Elton John, Pablo Cruise, Jimmy Buffett, Foreigner, Elvis Presley, Andy Gibb, Tommy Roe and more . . .