10/04/2021: “Give Me The Night” by George Benson

The Quincy Jones magic on this is palpable. Although the song was written by Rod Temperton, aka the maestro who wrote ‘Thriller’, Jones ensures the finished product has the sparkle necessary to wow.

George Benson, of course, is the other key player here. And his performance is brilliant, doing the song justice and more.

It’s the little touches which make this song such a classic. The backing vocals, for example, performed by Patti Austin, are simply wonderful!

The song marked Benson’s most solid foray into pop. He had dabbled in disco before, but he’d historically been a jazz guitarist.

‘Give Me The Night’ is the title track of the 1980 album, which has since gone platinum in the UK and US.

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