Hangin' Out with George Benson I'm Still Speechless
Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:53 PM
There's a lot of backstory, and this didn't happen by total accident, but let's just say that all the planets came into perfect alignment.
With plenty of whiskey and vodka flowing, and a captive audience of about ten of us, George was on a roll. Talking about growing up in Pittsburgh, his early days and homemade guitars, the recording sessions of "Breezin'" and "Weekend In LA", and moving to New York for a job offer that wasn't really there when he arrived.
I also found out first hand that he does a great Nat "King" Cole impersonation, AND... you ought to hear his Elvis.
WOW, for any jazz guitarist, and probably many guitar players of any genre, this was a dream come true. Sitting around a table at the feet of the MASTER. You see and read interviews, and hear stories, from/about your "idols" (yes, I will use the word "idol" for George), and wish you were a fly on the wall....... Well I just was!!!!!!!!!!!
Long Live George!
Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:56 PM
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:17 AM
really?? I can't quite understand that, he's known around here (US) as a guitarist first, and an amazing one at that..
Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:43 AM
He's a master all right. With your resume, I don't imagine you're far behind, Larry.
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:32 AM
I wish I could do that with Keith Richards...
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:23 AM
That's the dichotomy of George and his career. Is he a singing guitar player, or a guitar playing singer? It seems his entry into the business WAS as a singer, and he knuckled down on advancing his guitar playing after being inspired, and encouraged, by a renowned guitarist of the 50's, whose name I didn't know (and don't remember).
As for pics, this wasn't really a photo-op type of encounter, nor am I one for the pose with the star kind of thing, but my wife snap a couple of George early in the evening. I was also working in an official capacity at the time, and had to conduct myself as such, as George was our "guest".
Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:26 PM
Did he play any....?