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    Ten Grammy Awards don't lie—George Benson is truly one of the greats. Discovered by John Hammond in 1965, a young Benson kicked off his career on Columbia Records in the mid '60s and continues to kick out quality albums five decades later. An extremely versatile jazz guitarist, he proved early on that he could alternate from hard bop to swing, pop to R&B, and lead to rhythm. He even recorded one of the best cover albums of all time with his 1970 take on the Beatles' Abbey Road, The Other Side of Abbey Road, and would successfully take on Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'" on his 1972 album White Rabbit. Despite Benson's phenomenal guitar chops, he is perhaps best known for his soulful tenor thanks to the hit "This Masquerade" from his 1976 release Breezin'—the first jazz record to go platinum (and then triple-platinum)—as well as his 1980 Quincy Jones-produced pop breakthrough, Give Me the Night. In addition to his 30-plus albums as a leader, Benson has appeared on recordings by Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Freddie Hubbard, and Stanley Turrentine. With that kind of talent and resume, this man deserves to be heard on vinyl!

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