1980 George Benson – Give Me The Night

Give Me The Night is a 1980 album recorded and released by American jazz guitarist and singer George Benson.

Released in the summer of 1980, Give Me The Night was produced by Quincy Jones and released on Jones’s start-up label Qwest Records, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records. It charted at number one on both the Top Soul Albums and Jazz Albums Chart as well as number three on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.

The album’s success was due mainly to its lead single, also titled “Give Me the Night,” which rose all the way to the number one single on the Soul Singles chart. Another selection on the album, “Moody´s Mood,” was recorded with R&B singer Patti Austin. Certified Platinum by the RIAA, Give Me The Night was the only album Quincy Jones ever produced for Benson.

This album won Benson three Grammy Awards in 1981; Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, while “Moody’s Mood” received Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male and “Off Broadway” received Best R&B Instrumental Performance.
Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey also won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the song “Dinorah, Dinorah.” Star Of A Story (X) was conducted by Marty Paich.

Tracks

Love x Love (Rod Temperton) 4:46
2  Off Broadway (Rod Temperton) 5:26
3  Moody’s mood (Eddie Jefferson, James Moody) 3:27
Give Me The Night (Rod Temperton) 5:02
What’s On Your Mind (Glen Ballard, Kerry Chater) 4:04
6  Dinorah, Dinorah (Ivan Lins, Vitor Martins) 3:41
7  Love Dance (Ivan Lins, Paul Williams) 3:18
8  Star Of A Story (X) (Rod Temperton) 4:43
9  Midnight Love Affair (David Wolinski) 3:34
10  Turn Out The Lamplight (Rod Temperton) 4:44

Musicians

1 Love x Love

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar George Benson
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Sax Larry Williams
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Diva Gray
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Jocelyn Allen
Background Vocals Patti Austin
Background Vocals Tom Bahler


2 Off Broadway

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar George Benson
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Sax Larry Williams
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa


3 Moody’s Mood

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar George Benson
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Vocals Patti Austin


4 Give Me The Night

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums JR Robinson
Piano Herbie Hancock
Synthesizer Richard Tee
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Sax Larry Williams
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Diva Gray
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Jocelyn Allen
Background Vocals Patti Austin
Background Vocals Tom Bahler


5 What’s On Your Mind

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar George Benson
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Sax Larry Williams
Trumpet Jerry Hey
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa


6 Dinorah, Dinorah

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar George Benson
Fender Rhodes Claire Fischer
Synthesizer Claire Fischer
Synthesizer Herbie Hancock
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Sax Larry Williams
Background Vocals Patti Austin
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa


7 Love Dance

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Carlos Vega
Acoustic Guitar Lee Ritenour
Fender Rhodes Herbie Hancock
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals Patti Austin


8 Star Of A Story (X)

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar George Benson
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Piano Herbie Hancock
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Richard Tee
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Diva Gray
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Jocelyn Allen
Background Vocals Patti Austin
Background Vocals Tom Bahler


9 Midnight Love Affair

Drums Carlos Vega
Guitar George Benson
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Keyboards George Duke
Sax Kim Hutchcroft
Sax Larry Williams
Trumpet Jerry Hey


10 Turn Out The Lamplight

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar George Benson
Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer Richard Tee
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Background Vocals Patti Austin
Background Vocals Tom Bahler

Liner Notes

Producer – Quincy Jones
Concertmaster – Sidney Sharp
Engineer (Assisted By) – Mark Sackett, Ralph Osborn, Sheridan Eldridge
Mastered By – Jim Sintetos, Kent Duncan
Mixed By – Bruce Swedien
Mixed By – Bruce Swedien

Art Direction – Richard Seireeni
Illustration – Paul Jasmin
Photography By (Cover) – Norman Seeff
Photography By (Sleeve) – Peter Brill

Produced For – Quincy Jones Productions, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Mastered At – Kendun Recorders
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Winchester
Recorded At – Kendun Recorders
Mixed At – Kendun Recorders
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios