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Read the updated profile on George Benson at Pittsburgh Music History
Hear the song "She Made Me Mad" that George recorded at age 10 on RCA victor and his single "If You Love Me" recorded with the Altairs at age 15 in 1959. Unable to afford lessons he learned guitar on the streets of the Hill from other musicians. Geoge went from being a child street singer, to a popular local teen R&B singer with a home made electric guitar, to a leading jazz guitarist in his 20s. He then combined his R&B singing and jazz guitar to become a crossover Pop Superstar with the biggest selling crossover jazz album of all time.
George Benson at age 10 with his manager George Tepper
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