April 23, 2020
Today we’re listening to George Benson, an American guitarist and singer from Pittsburgh. He started out at age eight playing guitar on weekends at a speakeasy the cops eventually shut down. The first of his many albums we’re playing today is 1969’s Other Side of Abbey Road, on which he performs jazzy interpretations of songs from The Beatles’ Abbey Road. Next is The Shape of Things to Come, whose title track is our favorite song by him. 1976’s Breezin’ was Benson’s most commercially successful album, reaching #1 and achieving triple-platinum status. This was driven by “The Masquerade,” which Benson sang on and earned him a Grammy for Record of the Year.
Have a really nice Thursday.