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George Benson Net Worth

George Benson Net Worth is
$5 Million

George Benson Biography

George Benson was born on the 22nd March 1943, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, and is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, who has released more than 30 studio albums so far, with his best known album “Breezin`” (1976). His career has been active since 1954.

Have you ever wondered how rich George Benson is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that George `s net worth is as high as $5 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the music industry. Apart from his successful solo career, George has collaborated with numerous other musicians, including Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Claus Ogerman, Chet Atkins, and many others, which also increased his net worth.

George Benson Net Worth $5 Million

George began performing when he was seven years old, on a street corner with an ukulele, earning a few dollars per day. The next year he switched to guitar, and held several shows at an unlicensed club during weekends, but the police soon closed the bar. Nevertheless, George found the way to record and release his first song, entitled “She Makes Me Mad”, under the name Little Georgie. He went to Schenley High School, and after matriculation devoted himself completely to music. His first album came out in 1964, entitled “The New Boss Guitar of George Benson” through Prestige Records, and after positive reviews, he signed with Columbia records, and released two albums for the label, “It`s Uptown” (1966), and “The George Benson Cookbook” in the same year. His net worth was well established.

It wasn’t until 1968 and his move to A&M Records and Verve Records that his albums began to receive commercial attention; his album “Shape of Things to Come” reached No. 11 on the US Jazz charts, and in 1972 he had his first top 10 album, entitled “White Rabbit”, which reached No. 7 on the chart. Since then, George`s career has gone only upwards, and so has his net worth, as he became one of the most influential jazz musicians ever; albums such as “Bad Benson” (1974), which was his first to top the US chart, and “Brezzin” (1976), “In Flight” (1977), “Livin` Inside Your Love” (1979), Give Me the Night” (1980) and “In Your Eyes” (1983), all topped the chart and achieved gold or platinum status, which only increased his net worth by large margins.

In the 1980s, his career stagnated for a bit, but he still released albums such as “20/20” (1984), “Collaboration” (1987) and “Tenderly” (1989), which also increased his net worth.

He was back on top with the 1993 album “Love Remembers”, and continued in the same rhythm with albums “That`s Right” (1996), “Standing Together” (1998) and “Absolute Benson” (2000). George didn`t back down with the beginning of the new millennium, as he stayed on top with albums “Givin` It Up” (2006), “Songs and Stories” (2009), “Guitar Man” (2011), and most recently “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” (2013), all of which increased his net worth considerably.

Thanks to his skills, George has received numerous prestigious awards, including 10 Grammy Awards in different categories, including Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Breezin`”, Record of the Year for “This Masquerade”, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Give Me The night”, and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “God Bless the Child”, among other categories. Furthermore, he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to music.

Regarding his personal life, George has been married to Johnnie Lee since 1965; the couple has six children. He is a professed Jehovah’s Witness.

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameGeorge Benson
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 22, 1943
DiedJune 17, 1983, London, United Kingdom
Place Of BirthPittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
ProfessionMusician
EducationConnelly High School, Schenley High School
NationalityAmerican
SpouseJohnnie Lee (m. 1965)
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/GeorgeBenson
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gbguitar
Google+http://plus.google.com/+GeorgeBensonextra
MySpacehttps://myspace.com/georgebensonmusic
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Benson
Allmusichttp://www.allmusic.com/artist/george-benson-mn0000201760
AwardsGrammy Awards (since 1977), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album (2012), Porin Awards for Best Foreign Jazz Music Album (2001, 1996)
Music GroupsFuse One
NominationsHollywood Walk of Fame,American Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards,Independent Music Award for Best Song (2014)
MoviesThe Intouchables (2011), Atlanta (2016), Bunheads (2013), Hit and Run (2012)
TV ShowsThe Tavis Smiley Show, The Voice (2012), Idols! (2008), Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Guitar Star (2016, Sky Arts), Top of the Pops (1977-1982)


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He was nominated for the 2016 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Performance Arts category.
2Friends with Freddy Cole.
3He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7055 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4Dedicated a 1992 show at the Florida Theatre to Hank Garland.
5Was influenced by legendary guitar player Hank Garland..
6Seven top 40 hits (USA) including "This Masquerade", "Give Me the Night" and "Lady Love Me (One More Time)".


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Pencil moustache
2Hollow body Japanese electric guitars: Ibanez GB10, LGB300, GB30TH
3Scat vocals matching his guitar soloing note-for-note


Quotes

#Quote
1"I'd sat down with a great blind pianist from San Francisco name Freddy Gambrel, he turned me onto some wonderful ways to get in and out of chord changes and weld harmonies together. Of course I still wanted to be like Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, and Hank Garland - my heroes. I've always liked the hot guitar guys.".


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on September 19, 1996 at 7055 Hollywood Blvd.


Filmography

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Atlanta2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Luke Cage2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bunheads2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hit and Run2012performer: "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You"
The Voice2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Intouchables2011performer: "The Ghetto"
Michel Legrand and Friends2010TV Movie "Watch What Happens"
Idols!2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Pursuit of Happyness2006performer: "This Masquerade" 1972
History Detectives2005TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Uptown Girls2003performer: "On Broadway Live Version" 1962
OT: Our Town2002Documentary performer: "The Ghetto"
The Yards2000performer: "Affirmation" 1975
Michael1996performer: "Dream" 1944 / producer: "Dream" 1944
Safe1995performer: "Turn Your Love Around"
Freddie as F.R.O.7.1992performer: "Keep Your Dreams Alive"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Get a Life1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
Alega Gang: Public Enemy No. 1 of Cebu1988performer: "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You"
Big Business1988performer: "On Broadway"
Die Wicherts von nebenan1986TV Series performer - 1 episode
Miami Vice1984TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops1977-1982TV Series performer - 6 episodes
SCTV Network1981TV Series performer: "Off Broadway"
WKRP in Cincinnati1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
All That Jazz1979performer: "On Broadway" 1963
Boulevard Nights1979performer: "Street Tattoo"
Derrick1978TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978performer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Finale
The Greatest1977performer: "The Greatest Love of All", "I Always Knew I Had It In Me"
Saturday Night Live1977TV Series performer - 1 episode

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The New Mike Hammer1985-1986TV SeriesSweet Billy Marvel / George Langdon
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978Our Guests at Heartland

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The One Show2009TV SeriesHimself
George Benson: Live at Montreux, 19862005VideoHimself
American Idol2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Heaven and Earth Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Today with Des and Mel2004TV SeriesHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Broadway's Best2002TV MovieHimself
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Mundo VIP2001TV SeriesHimself
Pavarotti & Friends for Afghanistan2001TV Special documentaryHimself
George Benson: Absolutely Live2000Video documentaryHimself
The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Performer
30th NAACP Image Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Later... With Jools Holland1998TV SeriesHimself
A Celebration of America's Music1998TV SpecialHimself
New York Undercover1996TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself
Leyendas de la guitarra1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jon Hendricks: The Freddie Sessions1990Documentary shortHimself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones1990DocumentaryHimself
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
The 16th Annual American Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Soul Train1981-1989TV Series documentaryHimself
Live from Her Majesty's1988TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1988TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself
Sesame Street1985-1988TV SeriesHimself
Àngel Casas Show1987TV SeriesHimself
Fin de siglo1987TV SeriesHimself
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
The 8th Annual Black Achievement Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Host
Top of the Pops1986TV SeriesHimself
Solid Gold1982-1986TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1986TV SeriesHimself
Frank Sinatra: Portrait of an Album1985VideoHimself - guitar (uncredited)
Känguru1985TV SeriesHimself
Today1985TV SeriesHimself
Lynda Carter: Street Life1982TV MovieHimself
Good Morning America1979-1981TV SeriesHimself
Music Central1981TV MovieHimself
Talmage Farlow1981DocumentaryHimself
Count Basie at Carnegie Hall1981TV MovieHimself
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself
From Jump Street: The Story of Black Music1980TV SeriesHimself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
Numéro 11978TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1977-1978TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1977TV SeriesHimself - Vocalist
Rock Music Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
The People's Command Performance: '771977TV MovieHimself
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live1977TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Second Annual Rock Music Awards1976TV SpecialHimself
The Diahann Carroll Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
The Borgia Stick1967TV MovieHimself - as Conductor of the Orchestra
Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Marcus2015Video documentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2006-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Loose Women2010-2014TV SeriesHimself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark2014DocumentaryHimself
2013 Soul Train Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Rock in Rio1985-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Performer
Dobro jutro, Hrvatska2013TV SeriesHimself
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012DocumentaryHimself
Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story2011DocumentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest Musician / Herself - Musical Guest
Michel Legrand and Friends2010TV MovieHimself
Breakfast2004-2010TV SeriesHimself
The Best of the World Music Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2009TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1980-1982TV SeriesHimself
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