10 Things You Might Not Know About George Benson

Posted on 2012-08-07.

This Saturday Fraze Pavilion welcomes George Benson to headline the annual Festival of the Vine. The festival will take place in Lincoln Park beginning at 1:00 PM, with FREE live music until 6:00 PM. Attendees can enjoy wines from around the world. At 7:00 PM, a ticketed show will begin with up-and-coming trumpeter Christian Scott, and then the legendary guitarist and vocalist George Benson will take the stage.

In honor of George Benson’s return to Fraze since his last performance in 1999, we have compiled a list of interesting facts about George Benson. Is there anything you didn’t know? Take a look, and on Saturday let George show you just how Breezin’ life can be.

1. Born March 22, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2. Benson’s first instrument was the ukulele because his hands were not yet big enough for the guitar when he started playing music at the young age of 7.
3. His accolades include 10 Grammy Awards.
4. Benson could make more money in one day playing on street corners than his mother did in a week.
5. He hit the national stage playing electric guitar in jazz organist Jack McDuff’s quartet.
6. He made his first record when he was just 10 years old.
7. The design of the Ibanez LGB300 guitar is inspired by some of Benson’s early guitar memories. The LGB stands for “Little George Benson.”
8. His debut full-length album was The New Boss Guitar in 1964.
9. Benson’s first hit off his award winning album Breezin’ was “This Masquerde,” which was originally written by Leon Russell.
10. His 1970 album The Other Side of Abbey Road is a reprise of the Beatles album Abbey Road. He went to work on the album just three weeks after the release of Abbey Road.