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date: 29 March 2020

Benson, George locked

(22 Mar. 1943– ),
  • Jason Philip Miller

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jazz guitarist, musician, and singer was born in the Hill District the African American center of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Little information about his early life is available except that Benson enjoyed a musical upbringing and was considered something of a wunderkind Indeed he won his first singing contest at the age of four and before he was ten years old he was performing publicly winning more music contests and appearing on local radio broadcasts His favorite instrument was the guitar he d actually first picked up a ukulele that had been handmade for him by his stepfather but he sang as well and at the age of ten he recorded his first single She Makes Me Mad for an offshoot of the RCA label At first he was interested in rhythm and blues and rock and roll but soon he fell under the influence of the jazz greats ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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