George Benson

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1989 (The 1990 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Will George Benson be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


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Wow another fist 4 ME ..? {SMILE} to say
This guy is great!!!

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 03.4.09 @ 13:40pm

How many fists have you gotten? I wouldn't want any personally but that's just me.

Posted by Brian on Wednesday, 03.4.09 @ 14:30pm

One of the best post-WWII practitioners of jazz, IMHO. I'm not sure if George Benson has a strong case for the RRHOF, but he has oodles of talent and is equally skilled as both a guitarist and vocalist.

Give Me the Night is an amazing album that melds funk, soul, jazz, and pop all into one pleasing package. I can see the title track, On Broadway, Turn Your Love Around, Love X Love, and Breezin' making it into the Song Project here.

Posted by Zach on Thursday, 05.24.12 @ 18:33pm

Michael Masser and Linda Creed wrote The Greatest Love Of All and it was originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson for a Muhammad Ali biopic. Whitney Houston's remake was in 1986. There is a part of the song that makes me think of the 1971 song, If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot every time I hear it. I wonder if Masser and Creed intentionally copied it. You have to listen to both of the songs again.

The Greatest Love Of All (1977, 1986)

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadow
If I fail, If I succeed
At least I live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me

If You Could Read My Mind (1971)

I never thought I could feel this way
and I got to say that I just don't get it.
I don't know where we went wrong
but the feelings gone
and I just can't get it back.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 05.24.12 @ 23:24pm


I think Linda Creed and Michael Masser also borrowed the melody for "The Greatest Love Of All" from Boz Scaggs' "We're All Alone"


So cry no more
On the shore of dreams
Will take us out to sea
Forevermore, Forevermore

Neath the waves
Through the caves of our
Long forgotten now
We're all alone, We're all alone

Roses do, lovers too, so cast
Your seasons to the wind
And hold me dear, oh hold me dear


Give them a sense of pride
To make it easier
Let the children's laughter
Remind us how we used to be

A lonely place to be
So l learned to depend on me

Because the greatest love of all
was/is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
Is the greatest love of all

And if by chance that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

I was once walking on the street and heard music coming from a car stereo, and tried to figure out if it was "The Greatest Love Of All" or "We're All Alone" It turned out to be "We're All Alone" The version of "We're All Alone" I heard that was in E-flat, the key that George Benson recorded "The Greatest Love Of All" in.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 05.25.12 @ 18:56pm

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is nothing but a joke now. George not being nominated is a good reason why!

Posted by Ruben on Saturday, 12.17.16 @ 18:17pm

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