March 22, 1943 Happy Birthday George Benson!
This Masquerade was huge back in the day – especially because it was great jazz player singing a pop song. I remember the purists saying that he sold out! I say it was about time! And I believe he won a Grammy for it. So take that, purists! And a very happy birthday to George Benson!
Back at Sweetwaters, I used to play with Stanley Banks, Benson’s long time bass player. He had this thing playing tambourine with his foot while slapping the hell out the bass. And i mean he was playing double time gospel tambourine with his foot. I never did figure out how he did that!
Tomorrow the Stingers are playing at Rella’s Tavern in Brielle on the Jersey shore. It’s a madhouse, crazy fun – if you’re around, come down. Its gonna be wild.