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Hangin' Out with George Benson I'm Still Speechless

#1 User is offline   L5Larry 

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:53 PM

OK..... I'm still digesting last night, and really don't know what to write about it....but I just spent the last four hours hangin' out with George Benson, and I had to tell somebody.

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!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 11:56 PM

Wow sounds great! Glad you had such a nice time...
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:26 AM

Sounds great, I would have loved it as well. I really like the Weekend in LA album. Glad you got to experience it.
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 02:31 AM

I'm envious reading this. George is looked upon generally as a singer, but he's really a guitarist that has a good voice. He's a fantastic player. Any pics?
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:17 AM

Wow Larry, you struck gold. He seems to be a very down to earth, and extremely nice guy from the interviews and videos I've seen of him off stage.


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I'm envious reading this. George is looked upon generally as a singer, but he's really a guitarist that has a good voice. He's a fantastic player. Any pics?


really?? I can't quite understand that, he's known around here (US) as a guitarist first, and an amazing one at that..
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:43 AM

View PostL5Larry, on 11 May 2017 - 11:53 PM, said:

....Sitting around a table at the feet of the MASTER.....


He's a master all right. With your resume, I don't imagine you're far behind, Larry. Posted Image
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:20 AM

i'm a rocker all the way through my bones, but weekend in la is one of the coolest albums ever made, in my opinion. this song especially:

https://youtu.be/skjgT4BoSMQ
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:24 AM

Cool!!
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:32 AM

That's just too awesome!!!!! Once in a life time experience.



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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:18 AM

I am so jealous! Benson is in a class all his own, you are one lucky man. Posted Image
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:23 AM

View PostLarryUK, on 12 May 2017 - 02:31 AM, said:

... George is looked upon generally as a singer, but he's really a guitarist that has a good voice... Any pics?


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".
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 12:08 PM

That's awesome L5Larry [thumbup]

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:40 PM

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:26 PM

Wow - congrats, I'm very envious.

Did he play any....? :-k
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 03:02 PM

Way to go, Larry! I am also envious.
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:51 PM

That is just too cool! I met our Mayer once who was talking to me and afterwards, Debbie asked if I knew who that was and I told her NO? Lol. Posted Image I'm not political
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